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September 17, 2020 04:28 PM
Sabres' Eric Staal: Traded to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Wild traded Staal to the Sabres in exchange for Marcus Johansson on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Despite being 35 years of age, Staal was still a productive player for Minnesota this season, picking up 19 goals and 47 points in 66 regular-season games before adding four helpers and a goal in four postseason contests. Staal should be similarly productive in 2020-21 while skating on the Sabres' second line and receiving plenty of ice time with the man advantage.

August 8, 2020 02:36 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Tickles twine in overtime loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal on three shots in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks.

Staal ended the four-game series with a goal and four helpers, but that's all he'll get in the playoffs, as the Wild lost the series 3-1. The 35-year-old center will likely still have a large role in the lineup during the 2020-21 season.

August 5, 2020 02:36 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Two more helpers in Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal collected a pair of assists in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks in Game 2.

Staal has played the provider role well for the Wild, assisting on four of their six goals through two games. That's not a sustainable pace for the 35-year-old center, but he's likely to be a key contributor to the offense throughout the playoffs.

August 3, 2020 01:36 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Dishes pair of assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal recorded two power-play assists in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Staal had a hand in goals by Kevin Fiala and Jared Spurgeon during the contest. Staal missed the 50-point mark for the first time since 2015-16, recording 47 points in 66 contests during the regular season this year. Staal and Fiala have shown good chemistry on the top line, which could make either one a strong option in DFS formats.

March 10, 2020 03:00 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Set to return to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (personal) will return to practice Tuesday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.

Staal has missed Minnesota's last three games due to a personal matter, but he'll rejoin the lineup for Thursday's game versus Vegas. The veteran forward has notched 19 goals and 47 points in 66 contests this campaign.

March 5, 2020 01:04 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Won't travel with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal will miss the team's three-game road trip following a death in the family.

Staal will take time away from the team to be with his family. Once the club returns to Minnesota, the center should rejoin his teammates on the ice. In the meantime, Alex Galchenyuk could move into the first-line center role.

February 26, 2020 12:00 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Pair of points in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Columbus.

The veteran center had a tough night on faceoffs (3-for-12) but made up for it on the scoresheet. He opened the scoring with his 18th goal of the year just 94 seconds into the second period, then drew the primary assist on Kevin Fiala's game-winner midway through the third. Staal has turned in another fine season for the Wild at age 35, providing 44 points in 62 games.

February 22, 2020 01:20 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Sets up empty-netter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal posted an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Friday's 5-3 win over the Oilers.

Staal sprung Jared Spurgeon as the latter exited the penalty box and sniped an empty-net goal for his hat trick. The assist was just the fourth in Staal's last 10 games. The veteran center now has 42 points (17 markers, 25 helpers), 105 shots and a minus-10 rating through 60 contests.

February 12, 2020 12:12 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Dishes on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal notched a power-play assist and three shots across 17:03 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Golden Knights.

The 35-year-old produced a point in his second consecutive game, picking up the primary assist on the game's final goal. Staal has been hot as of late, accumulating eight points while skating in 17:25 of ice time over his past 10 games. Staal continues to pace the Wild in points with 41, and he has racked up 98 shots, 22 hits and 19 blocks across 56 appearances.

February 10, 2020 12:52 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Offers power-play helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal managed a power-play assist, two shots on net, two blocked shots and two PIM in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.

Staal set up Kevin Fiala's tally in the second period. His assist snapped a three-game drought for the veteran center. Through 55 games, Staal has 40 points (12 on the power play) and 95 shots. At this pace, he'll push for a 60-point campaign by the end of the year.

January 22, 2020 11:32 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: One of each Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Red Wings.

Staal set up Mats Zuccarello for the tying goal at 1:12 of the second period, and then scored 10 minutes later. The 35-year-old center stretched his point streak to four games (one tally, four helpers). He's at 17 goals and 38 points in 50 appearances this season, putting him on pace to top last year's 52-point effort.

January 21, 2020 12:44 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Assists in three straight games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal recorded a power-play assist in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Panthers.

Staal has picked up a power-play helper in each of the last three games. The 35-year-old is up to 36 points (11 on the power play), 87 shots on goal and minus-8 rating through 49 contests this season.

January 19, 2020 12:44 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Earns helper on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal managed a power-play assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 7-0 win over the Stars.

Staal now has helpers in consecutive games after a four-game drought. The center is up to 35 points (10 on the power play), 86 shots on goal and a minus-6 rating in 48 appearances. The 35-year-old will likely continue in a top-line role as the Wild's top point producer this season.

January 7, 2020 11:32 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Continues to pace Wild
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal has five goals and eight points while averaging 18:33 of ice time in his last 10 games.

The 35-year-old continues to prove himself as the top fantasy option on the Wild, leading the team in points (33) and goals (16) through 43 games. Staal has been a mainstay atop the depth chart at the center position this year, including averaging 2:34 of ice time on the top power-play unit. He could be in line for a little regression going forward, however, as he's racked up an astounding career-best shooting percentage at 21.1 on just 76 shots.

December 20, 2019 01:20 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Trio of points in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal and dished two assists in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Coyotes.

Staal scored late in the second period to stretch the Wild's lead to 4-2. He later set up Mats Zuccarello's eventual game-winner and the empty-netter by Luke Kunin. Staal's three-point effort gave him 30 for the year (13 scores, 17 helpers). He's produced five goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.

December 18, 2019 01:32 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Snags power-play helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal produced a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

Staal set up Mats Zuccarello for the opening goal at 19:20 of the first period. He's up to 27 points in 35 games. He's riding a four-game point streak with four tallies and two helpers in that span. He also scored a goal for his 1,000th career point in a loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday. According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, Staal has been playing through an undisclosed injury recently. It hasn't cost the center any time, but he was roughed up a bit in Tuesday's contest. Fantasy owners should continue to use Staal, who has been productive for the Wild in a top-line role this season.

December 14, 2019 10:00 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Scores pair of goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored two goals, including one on the power play, and had three shots in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.

Staal scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he gave the Wild a 2-1 lead just under eight minutes into the first period. He also added an insurance tally on the power play midway through the second period. The goals were the 10th and 11th of the season for the 35-year-old, who continues to be a productive, durable player for the Wild.

December 13, 2019 11:48 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Strong return from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (undisclosed) racked up a goal on two shots and dished out an assist in Thursday's 6-5 win over Edmonton.

Staal put up a superb performance despite his availability coming into question after running into the referee Tuesday. The 35-year-old continues to lead the Wild in points with 23, and he's now up to 57 shots and 19 hits in 35 games. Staal also earned a plus-2 rating in the game, showcasing why he's still the top fantasy asset the Wild have to offer.

December 13, 2019 01:16 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (undisclosed) is out for warmups and is in the lineup for Thursday's game against Edmonton, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Staal suffered the injury in Tuesday's game and was in danger of missing Thursday's contest. He has missed just one game in the past four seasons, so the fact that he's refusing to sit out isn't surprising. Now that he's officially healthy, he'll resume his usual spot as the team's top-line center.

December 12, 2019 12:08 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Iffy against Edmonton
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Oilers, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.

Staal exited Tuesday's loss to the Ducks in the first period after taking a hit from Anaheim's Derek Grant, and he's evidently still feeling the effects of that collision ahead of Thursday's tilt. If the veteran pivot is unable to go, Gerald Mayhew will draw into the lineup against Edmonton.

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2007-08: All-Star Game MVP