C Staal awaiting contract talks after season begins
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[September 07, 2018]
Eric Staal, Minnesota's leading
scorer a season ago, is eager to talk with the Wild about a
long-term future with the team.
"I've let it be known that I've enjoyed it and I'd like to stay,"
Staal said during the NHL Player Media Tour on Thursday. "I think
it's a great fit for me hockey-wise. They're a team that wants to
win the Stanley Cup real bad and so do I."
Staal, 33, says he has spoken briefly with general manager Paul
Fenton about a new contract, but that they agreed to get the season
underway first. Staal is entering the final season of his three-year
Envisioning a run at the NHL title is the difference between this
season and three seasons ago, when he was finishing up a contract
with the Carolina Hurricanes, who weren't expected to be a factor in
The Hurricanes dealt him to the New York Rangers in February 2016.
"This is a team that expects to win," Staal said. "That makes it a
different situation just for me, my own mental side. In Carolina, I
could see the writing on the wall and it was one of those things
where we were kind of methodically going through the months to get
to the point where it was time for me to move on. It doesn't have
that same feel."
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Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal (12) and Edmonton Oilers
defensemen Ethan Bear (74) battle for a loose puck during the second
period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY
Staal, a center, scored 42 goals last season, just three off his
career high, which came in his second season with the Hurricanes in
2005-06. His 76 points were tied for third-best in his 14 seasons.
The Hurricanes selected Staal second overall in the 2003 draft. In
909 games, he has 775 points on 322 goals and 453 assists.
--Field Level Media
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