Rumor: Eric Staal to New York Rangers

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The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to move veteran captain Eric Staal before the 2016 NHL trade deadline. Staal admits that he is likely to me moved. He said:

I’m not going to be crushed if a decision is made and I’m moving on for a different opportunity. Decisions are going to have to be made. I haven’t been approached about waiving [my no-move clause] at this point.

Staal, 31 years old, is in the last year of his $8.25 million cap hit contract and is a pending UFA. His production warrants a pay cut for his next contract. He only has accumulated 9 goals and 21 assists in 57 games played this season.

Although the Hurricanes are close to a playoff spot, Staal appears frustrated and willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to a Stanley Cup contender, the New York Rangers, where he would play with brother Marc. The Hurricanes want a first round draft pick in return for Staal.

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