Hurricanes Reach "Impasse" In Contract Talks With Pending Free Agent Forward

Captain Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes finds himself at a crossroads as contract negotiations with the team hit a standstill.

After completing a successful 2022-23 season, his 11th with the Hurricanes and 17th in the NHL, Staal's desire to continue his career with the organization is apparent.

However, talks have been ongoing for almost 10 months, with no resolution in sight.

Staal's camp has presented the Hurricanes with various contract options, but a breakthrough hinges on owner Tom Dundon's flexibility. If no agreement is reached, Staal could become an unrestricted free agent, marking the potential end of an era for the Hurricanes.

Throughout the season, Staal's performance remained solid, combining consistent scoring with exceptional leadership and two-way play.

Paired with Jordan Martinook and Jesper Fast, he formed an impactful line, tasked with shutting down opponents' top players.

Staal's defensive prowess played a vital role in the Hurricanes boasting a formidable penalty kill, while his leadership guided the team to the Eastern Conference Final in the playoffs.

However, amidst the uncertainty, it remains to be seen whether the Hurricanes and Staal can bridge the gap and secure a new contract, fulfilling the desires of many fans who hope to see him remain a cornerstone of the organization.

The 34-year-old put up 17 goals and 17 assists for a total of 34 points across 81 games played this season. Photo Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports