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Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Picking up the pace
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Eric Staal recorded a power-play assist along with two shots on goal in 20:08 of ice time during Thursday's 3-2 OT loss to the Wild.

Following a very rough start to the season in which he was held off the scoresheet in six of the Canes' first eight games, Staal has really come alive in recent weeks with six points in his last eight games. At 31 years old, the days of 70+ points are likely over for Staal, but if he continues at his current pace, he's got a decent shot at 60. Keep him rolling.

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Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Has nice showing Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Eric Staal was plus-2 with a goal in the empty net Tuesday, as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Red Wings, 3-1.

Staal failed to get on the board in four straight games leading up to Tuesday's contest, so this was a welcomed performance for fantasy owners. As long as Carolina allows more goals than they score, which has been the case thus far with a minus-9 team goal differential, it will force Staal to elevate his game and create more opportunities on his own in order to avoid falling on the bad side of the plus-minus most nights. It won't be an easy task, as the long-time Hurricane hasn't recorded a plus rating since 2012-13, when he finished the season at plus-5.

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Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Picks up three points in Friday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire
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Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal Breaks up shutout with late goal in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Eric Staal ended Pekka Rinne's shutout bid with a late-third-period goal in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Predators.

With 1:40 remaining and the Carolina net empty on the other end, Staal fired what was intended to be a pass to the low slot that ended up deflecting off a defender's skate and right past Rinne for the Canes' only goal of the game. It's not the most impressive goal, but Staal is in line to again play heavy minutes this year, and it would be no surprise to see his point total rebound after he slumped to a career-low 54 last season.

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No Deal Imminent For E. Staal, Hurricanes
by Rotowire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
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.
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