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Top Eric Staal News

  • Eric Staal: Signs minor-league PTO

    Staal agreed to terms on a professional tryout agreement with AHL Iowa on Thursday.

    To be clear, Staal is reportedly not trying to break into the NHL but rather earn a spot with Team Canada for the 2022 Winter Olympics. In 53 games for Buffalo and Montreal last year, the 37-year-old veteran garnered five goals and eight helpers, far off the 70-point mark he hit in eight of his 17 NHL seasons. Still, if Staal were to impress at the Olympics, perhaps he could draw some interest from an NHL club or two.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Nets goal in Game 5 win

    Staal scored a goal and added three hits in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights in Game 5.

    Staal received a pass from Nick Suzuki and scored in the second period. The 36-year-old Staal snapped his five-game point drought with the tally. He's been limited to fourth-line duties in the playoffs, but he's stick picked up eight points, 14 shots on net, 13 hits and a plus-3 rating in 15 outings.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Contributes helper

    Staal notched an assist in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Jets in Game 3.

    Staal set up Corey Perry for the opening goal 4:45 into the game. Through nine playoff outings, Staal has racked up a goal and six helpers. The veteran center has been limited to a bottom-six role, but he's been productive. That could make him a solid value pick in DFS for Monday's Game 4.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Effective night in Game 1 win

    Staal scored a goal and provided an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Jets in Game 1.

    The trade deadline acquisition added to the team's lead in the first period on a cross-crease pass from Corey Perry to beat Connor Hellebuyck. The 36-year-old's goal was his first of the playoffs, giving him six points in seven games.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Adds pair of helpers

    Staal recorded two assists in Monday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 7.

    Staal set up the opening tally by Brendan Gallagher in the second period and Tyler Toffoli's empty-netter in the third. Through six playoff appearances, Staal has provided four assists, six shots on net, seven hits and a plus-1 rating. He's been limited to bottom-six duties, but the veteran center provides leadership and experience to the Canadiens' younger forwards.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Manages assist

    Staal recorded an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 5.

    Staal had the secondary helper on Joel Armia's goal at 8:18 of the first period. Through four playoff contests, Staal has two assists, a plus-1 rating, four shots on net and five hits. He's mainly been limited to a fourth-line role, so he won't see as many opportunities to get involved on offense.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Back for Game 4

    Staal (undisclosed) is in the lineup for Game 4 on Tuesday against Toronto, John Lu of reports.

    Staal was sidelined for Game 3 with the mystery issue, but it appears he's good to go Tuesday. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native recorded an assist in Game 1, which was just the second point in his last 14 contests. He'll center the fourth line between Joel Armia and Corey Perry.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Sidelined for Game 3

    Staal (undisclosed) is injured and won't play in Monday's Game 3 against the Maple Leafs, per coach Dominique Ducharme, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Ducharme didn't reveal the nature or severity of Staal's injury, but the veteran center will need to make a quick recovery with Game 4 on the horizon Tuesday. Cole Caufield will replace Staal in the lineup and make his postseason debut Monday.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Posts assist Thursday

    Staal managed an assist, two shots on goal and three hits in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

    Staal sent a pass to Josh Anderson for the opening tally at 12:08 of the contest. The 36-year-old Staal finished the regular season with a career-worst 13 points in 53 contests between the Canadiens and the Sabres. He's likely to play a bottom-six role during the postseason, as Phillip Danault and Nick Suzuki occupy the top two center positions for the Canadiens.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Gathers helper in loss

    Staal put up an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

    Staal's helper came on a Cole Caufield goal in the second period. It was just Staal's third point in 19 games since he joined the Canadiens. For the season, the veteran center has 13 points, 79 shots on net and a minus-30 rating in 51 contests between the Canadiens and the Sabres.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Nets lone goal in debut

    Staal scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Oilers.

    Staal deflected a puck off his skate and behind Oilers goalie Mike Smith in the second period, but a review determined he did not make a distinct kicking motion. The goal was Staal's second in nine games for the Canadiens. He has five tallies, 12 points, 70 shots on net and a minus-27 rating in 41 contests between Montreal and Buffalo this year.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Plays hero in Habs debut

    Staal scored the overtime winner in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Oilers.

    Suiting up for the first time with Montreal, the veteran took a feed from Tyler Toffoli in the neutral zone, cruised down the wing and snapped a shot past Mike Smith just inside the far post. Staal had only three goals and 10 points through 32 games prior to his trade from Buffalo, but the move to a playoff team may have lit a fire under the 36-year-old.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Making Canadiens debut

    Staal (not injury related) will play in Monday's game versus the Oilers, Jim Matheson reports.

    Staal finished his seven-day quarantine and returned to practice Sunday. The 36-year-old posted just 10 points through 32 games with the Sabres this season, but he should benefit from a better all-around lineup in Montreal. Staal's slated to skate with Tyler Toffoli and Jonathan Drouin in Monday's game.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Out of quarantine

    Staal finished his seven-day quarantine and skated Sunday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

    Staal is no longer in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol following his trade from Buffalo. The 36-year-old could make his Canadiens debut in Monday's game versus the Oilers, but he'll need to be activated from non-roster injured reserve first. Staal put up 10 points and a minus-20 rating with the Sabres before the trade, though he'll certainly have better surrounding talent with the Habs.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Still in quarantine

    Staal remains in quarantine and will be eligible to play his first game for Montreal next Monday against Edmonton, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

    Staal, who was acquired from Buffalo, arrived in Montreal last Saturday and is serving a seven-day quarantine period. The 36-year-old center is expected to take Jake Evans' roster spot and position as center on the fourth line.

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  • Canadiens' Eric Staal: Headed for greener pastures

    Staal was acquired by the Habs on Friday from the Sabres in exchange for a third-round and fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. In addition, Buffalo will retain half of Staal's $3.25 million cap hit.

    With Montreal, Staal figures to bolster the middle of the ice and should slot into a third-line role, though he could push youngster Nick Suzuki for a spot in the top six. Per Canada's seven-day quarantine rules, the earliest the Thunder Bay native could play would be April 3 versus Ottawa, assuming he can travel right away. In 32 games for the Sabres, the 17-year NHL veteran recorded just three goals and seven helpers; not exactly the production level the club was hoping for from a guy who currently sits fifth among active goal scorers with 439. Staal may be the first player shipped out of the Queen City in the lead-up to the April 12 trade deadline, but he is unlikely to be the last.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, ON
Age: 37
Experience: 17
Shoots: Left