Friday, September 12, 2008

Eric Staal gets paid. What about Jordan?

Eric Staal will be staying on the Piedmontfor the 2015-16 season. The Hurricanes center signed a seven-year deal worth $57.75million. It will pay him an average of $8.25 million per season.We're not exactly going out on a limb when we state thatthis is money well spent. (Although James Mirtlethinks it's too much.) Staal has been one of the most consistent, durableplayers in the/nhl since the lockout which wiped out the 2004-05 season. Sincethe lockout, he has scored 113 goals, eighth most in the/nhl during that span.That's a better total than Marian Hossa (111), Sidney Crosby (99) and Rick Nash(96). His 252 points over that span is the 13th highest total and it'sbetter than the totals of Martin St. Louis (246), a former winner of the ArtRoss and Hart Trophies and Henrik Zetterberg (245), a Conn Smythe Trophy winner.Additionally, he's only missed one game during his four seasons in the league.And if you think regular season numbers are overrated, checkout what Staal did during Carolina'sCup run in 2006. He led the playoffs in scoring with 28 points in 26 games. Andhe got to hold that big silver thingat the end.Which brings us to Jordan Staal who, according to rumors, isrelated to Eric in some fashion. He's a restricted free agent after this season. How does heget his first big pay day?Does he need to hit the 30 goal/60 point mark? Does heessentially need to be Ryan Malone's replacement on one of the first two lines?Does he need to ride shotgun on the wing of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin? Does heneed continue his sterling defensive play?If you ask us, the answer is yes to all these questions. Thisis why we expect a big season out of Staal. He will be put in situations to succeed,especially on the power play. He has shown the ability to post big numbers inthe past. The talent is there. And now, he'll be playing for a pay check.And he probably wants to avoid that awkwardness at Christmasthat will certainly be present when Eric is buying the folks hot tubs and carswhile all Jordan can afford to spring for is a Hickory Farms beef stick anda lilac candle.(Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)EMPTY NETTER ASSISTSPenguins-You wish you had a friend as cool as Maxime Talbot.Northeast Division-A leaked photo of what is allegedly the Sabres' new thirdjersey has been floating around on the Internet for about a week or so. JohnVogl of the Buffalo Newsconfirmed that jersey is the real deal.We're all for the return of the buffalojumping over the crossed swords, but what is up with the vertical stripingalong the sides? It looks like a practice jersey because of that hideous feature. Why does Reebok and Nike keep ramming striping like that downour throats in seemingly every sports jersey out there?-Having seemingly given up the process of trying to fixtheir team, Maple Leafs management will donate $1.5 million towards fixinglocal rinks.-Maple Leafs first-round draft pick Luke Schenn wants toplay in the/nhl this season.-The Bruins had 93 percent of their season ticket holdersrenew their tickets for 2008-09.Southeast Division-Something tells us Hurricanes forward Rod Brind'Amour could get a sack againstthe Steelers' offensive line.Central Division-According to Paul Kelly, the overlord of the/nhlPA,former/current/AWOL Predators forward Alexander Radulov wants to return to Nashville.Northwest Division-Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster returned to the rink for thefirst time since suffering a gruesome leg injury last season.-The Flames pulled a Penguins and delivered some seasontickets personally.-Former Thrashers forward Scott Mellanby will join theCanucks as a scout.-New Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi will wear No. 7 thisseason in honor of/nhl hall-of-famer Tony Esposito.Source

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