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Lockout puts a damper on Eric Staal’s birthday

Oct 29, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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Today would normally be a festive day for Eric Staal – he turned 28 – but he told Chip Alexander of the Charlotte News & Observer that the lockout killed much of the fun.

“There’s a lot of frustration built up for me, personally,” Staal said.

” … It’s hard to figure out, because it just doesn’t seem like there’s a care for the game. There is from us (players) and from our fans. But on the other side, it doesn’t seem like it has anything to do with it. That’s difficult for us but probably a reality.”

The Staal family just missed out on what would have been a memorable game last Friday, as Eric and Jordan Staal were scheduled to lead the Carolina Hurricanes against Marc Staal and the New York Rangers.

Instead, Jordan played in a charity exhibition game.

Alexander points out that Eric would lose $8.5 million if this season is totally wiped out, but the Hurricanes captain seems just as worried about missing out on a prime year with a revamped roster.

” … It’s years that are important to me and important to our team here,” Staal said. “We’ve got a good group of guys at ages where we should be competing with the elite teams. And now we’re not competing because of a labor dispute. It’s frustrating.”

Also frustrating: skipping a tradition where he often eats a “celebratory cupcake” on a team flight (basically a frosting lockout).

  1. id4joey - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Here is an idea for Eric. Get some of your rich teammates to chip in with you and charter a plane. Then on that plane you can eat as many cupcakes as you want while your are on your way to say Syria, where you all can whine with your mouths full of birthday cupcakes.

    • blomfeld - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      “invite the infidel to a feast and there offer him a generous fare, laced with poisons … as he succumbs to God’s will, you may then hurl stones and cedar logs upon him” …

      Now I’m gonna level with you Id4joey … yeah sure, this has all been “fun & games” here no doubt … but there comes a time when a man has to do what’s right … and I say that that time is now ! … so I’m calling you out there “Id4joey” or “hockeyflow33” … whatever the hell you call yourself ! … that’s right … we’re gonna settle this thing right now, once and for all ! …

      Earps = Blomfeld, Elvis, LA Kings and “all” things good !

      Clantons & McLaury’s = hockeyflow33, his imposters and “all” things bad …

      • id4joey - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:22 AM

        Good shall prevail, blomfeld. We must cast a spell on the impostors.

  2. blitzrunner29 - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Such a shame. That game would have been epic for the Staal Brothers Drinking Game.

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