No Deal Imminent For E. Staal, Hurricanes
According to Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman, Staal and the Hurricanes are not close to agreeing on a contract extension beyond this season. "The last I heard about this is that they're not close, so that's going to be interesting," Friedman said.Signed to a hefty seven-year, $57.75 million extension in 2008, Staal was close to a point-per-game contributor for the first four seasons of the deal, but has seen his offensive output tail off considerably in the last two campaigns. Part of Staal's decline can be attributed to the lack of talent surrounding him on the top line, but at this point in his career, the 30-year-old is probably not capable of shouldering the offensive load for any team. With the Hurricanes still in rebuilding mode heading into 2015-16, it's quite possible the team could look to deal Staal before the trade deadline if their interest in extending the center remains tempered.