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Hurricanes lock up Jordan Staal for 10 years, $60 million

Jul 1, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

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It didn’t take long for the Carolina Hurricanes and Jordan Staal to work out a long-term deal. TSN’s Bob McKenzie breaks the news of Staal signing a 10-year, $60 million deal with the team, good for a cap hit of $6 million per year.

If that offer sounds vaguely familiar for Staal it’s because it’s similar (or exactly the same) to the one Penguins GM Ray Shero made to Staal two weeks ago. A day after news broke that Shero was “livid” with Staal for turning it down, the Penguins sent him to the Hurricanes in a package that gave Pittsburgh the 8th overall selection in the draft (Derrick Pouliot) along with Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin.

“We are very pleased that Jordan has chosen to commit to the Hurricanes organization and to make North Carolina his home,” said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. “At 23 years old he is just starting to come into his prime, and he now represents a cornerstone of our franchise for the long term.”

Now Jordan will play alongside his brother Eric Staal in Carolina and be the second-highest paid member of the family in Raleigh and set up to be the team’s No. 2 center.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Great great player…. Just shows how much he would rather lose with family than win with a bandwagon city… Not saying that if the canes start doing well they won’t get a bandwagon going as well.

    • steelhammer92 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      You’re an idiot. It looks to me like he just wanted to play with his brothers and have the opportunity to lead a team. He can’t get either of those opportunities in Pittsburgh, and has already won a ring. He was a fan favorite in Pittsburgh and will be missed.

    • miketoasty - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      So he would rather lose in a bandwagon city with his family? Makes sense I guess.

  2. rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I hate the Pens, but $6MM for 10 years is a lot. That’s Jonathan Toews, Henrik Zetterberg, Sedin twins money, and more than Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. So yea, Pens had good reason to be pissed he rejected that deal (but Derrick Pouliot was a questionable pick, is Letang gone after 2013-14 season?).

    Per season averages:
    Jordan: 6 seasons – 71 games played – 20 goals – 21 assists – 41 points
    Eric: 8 seasons – 80 games played – 31 goals – 40 assists – 71 points

    Eric just texted Jordan: Dude, you’re overpaid. You’re welcome.

    • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      I have an older brother, so I understand the reasoning for Jordan to want to go to Carolina.

      I (have to) watch the ‘Canes a lot, and they will probably be pretty decent again. It’ll be tough though with the Caps in their division, and now Florida loading up on prospects to add to a team that almost took down the Devils in round 1. This could be the year that the Southeast gets 3 teams into the playoffs.

      As for Jordan, although they were all injured at times, he did have Malkin and Crosby in front of him to give him some easier minutes. Obviously, he won’t have them in Carolina. I don’t mean Jordan needs easy minutes, but it certainly helps to play against 3rd lines or 2nd lines than against 1st lines. I’d be surprised if he isn’t played against opposing teams top lines to give Eric some easier minutes.

      Jordan may get Selke Trophy consideration, but I don’t think he’ll continue to average 40 points.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Did you just mention Jeff Carter in the same breath as Toews, Zetterberg, the Sedins, and Staal, mention it in a way that Staal shouldn’t be making Carter money?

      Just because Toews is still underpaid and Zetterberg took less than market doesn’t mean Staal is overpaid.
      He got his market value, FA’s get paid, if Toews was FA this year he would be getting ore than Parise, it’s about timing. Trying to compare contracts signed today to those signed 2-3 years ago is folly.

      • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        Same breath? Ha. One Stanley Cup each. Carter = .4 goals/game in his career. Toews = .39 goals/game in his career. Carter been to Cup twice though.

        Your comment begs a real question tough. Since when did market value have to go up 20% every year? I’m pretty sure the economy is not expanding, so why are all these players’ salaries growing exponentially? If I’m a ‘Canes fan, I’m not excited to pay higher ticket prices because Jordan got his “market value,” whatever that means. As these salaries grow, owners pass it on to us, and ticket prices go up, hot dogs are $6 and beers are $9.50. Awesome.

        People will continue to argue that you can’t compare a salary from two years ago or a year ago to this year, but that’s exactly what was happening leading up the last lockout. When the league came back from the lockout, the salary cap was $39MM. It’s now $70.2MM. Do you seriously not see a problem with just blindly accepting that market value has to increase every single year, no matter what the player actually did or did not do to deserve it?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        Not sure if trolling or just stupid
        Too bad hockey is more than goals per game

        No need to reply you’re completely insane
        Toews and Carter
        LMAO

      • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        It’s been said many, many times: Not all goals/wins are pretty, but they all look the same on the scoresheet/boxscore.

        As for the finals that Philly played against Chicago, Toews sure dominated Carter with those 3 assists in the series to Carter’s goal and assist. Toews and Co. haven’t won a series in the last two years, Carter just won the Cup.

        The funny thing is, I don’t even care abut Carter, but do not appreciate when people make such grandiose statements as Carter can’t even be mentioned “in the same breath” without providing any support other than the oft-used, under-maligned, “he’s such a good leader” argument.

        And, no, I’m not trolling, stupid or insane. It’s when people have nothing better to counter a valid argument that they begin calling people names or labeling them.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Ok Carter is a 50% faceoff guy, Toews is a 60% guy, Carter is lazy and bad in his own end, Toews is a leader and a excellent 2 way player. Carter averages a hit once every 3 games, Toews once a game. Cater is only a goal scorer and can’t pass worth a lick, Toews is a playmaker who happens to score goals.

        No GM in the NHL would ever attempt to make the foolish argument you have foolishly made here today.

        Cute how you cherry pick stats and a single game result though.
        You look like you have no clue how to play hockey, have no understanding whatsoever about what separates good from great.

        Im not going to keep educating you on the sport though it would take far too long obviously.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      No. Letang will not be gone after the 13-14 season. Shero wil re-sign him. Fact.

      However, the Pouliot pick was kinda odd.

  3. heyzeus143 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    traitor! :-)

  4. ballsohardu - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Pahaha same contract pens offered. Suckers!!

    Wouldnt want to play with cindy crosby either

    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      How’s your achilles’ tendon doin?

  5. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    sheros master plan to get parise and suter. thats what gamechanging gms do. the franchise has spoken

  6. Stiller43 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Good for staal. He will be missed in the burgh but best of luck in carolina.

  7. rushledger - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Well when your teams good the haters will come out and talk trash that’s good for the hurricanes they paid a premium for Staal because hes worth it.

  8. wenzel0232 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Hot Dogs are only $1 on Family Nights in Carolina.

  9. spavs412 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Congrats gronk gunna miss ur beUtiful golden flow in pgh

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