Staal Signs Contract Wtih Carolina Hurricanes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Sept 11, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Eric
Staal to a seven-year contract extension. The deal signed Thursday is worth $57.75 million, will pay him an average of $8.25 million starting in 2009-10 and will last through 2015-16.

The 23-year-old two-time All-Star and MVP of last year's
All-Star game has been discussing the new deal with team officials
all summer. General manager Jim Rutherford made a long-term deal
one of his top priorities heading into training camp, which starts
next week.

The Hurricanes' first-round draft pick in 2003 is entering the
final year of the three-year deal he signed in 2006 and will make
$5 million this season.

Staal, who centers Peter Laviolette's No. 1 line, had 100 points
three seasons ago in leading Carolina to its first Cup. He bounced
back from a subpar 2006-07 season with 38 goals and 44 assists last

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