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February 21, 2021 11:12 AM
Sabres' Eric Staal: Adds apple in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal recorded an assist Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Devils.

Staal's secondary helper, which transpired in 5-on-5 action, gives him six points (three goals and three assists) through 14 games. Unfortunately, he's seen a reduction in ice time on the man advantage (1:27) in his debut season with the Sabres, with the venerable veteran having to adjust to life on a No. 2 power-play unit.

January 25, 2021 09:32 PM
Sabres' Eric Staal: Finding the back of the net
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal netted a power-play goal in Sunday's win over Washington.

Staal has goals in back-to-back contests, which are his first two tallies in a Sabres sweater. He's up to three points in six games and will continue to be relied upon for secondary scoring as he anchors Buffalo's second line.

January 16, 2021 03:20 AM
Sabres' Eric Staal: Good to go Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (head) is in the lineup for Friday's contest against Washington, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Staal was banged up in Thursday's contest against the Capitals but clearly avoided any serious injury. The 36-year-old center should resume his role in Buffalo's top six.

January 15, 2021 12:28 PM
Sabres' Eric Staal: Game-time call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (head) will be a game-time decision for Friday's clash with the Capitals, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Staal exited Thursday's game against the Caps after colliding with Washington's Nic Dowd. If he's unable to go Friday, Casey Mittelstadt or Rasmus Asplund will likely draw into the lineup.

January 15, 2021 12:52 AM
Sabres' Eric Staal: Day-to-day after hard hit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal (head) exited Thursday's game against the Capitals after a collision with Nic Dowd. Per head coach Ralph Krueger, Staal is day-to-day, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Staal immediately left the ice and headed to the locker room, presumably to undergo concussion protocols. Krueger said Staal will be reevaluated Friday morning. If he can't play Friday versus the Capitals, Cody Eakin would likely move into the top six while Casey Mittelstadt would enter the lineup.

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.

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Thunder Bay, ON
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2007-08: All-Star Game MVP