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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ERIC STAAL ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

Tuesday, 10.7.2003 / 1:20 PM ET / News
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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ERIC STAAL ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

2003 Draft’s Top-Rated Skater to Begin Season in Carolina

Eric Staal
No. 2 overall draft pick Eric Staal led the NHL in goals this preseason with seven.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2003) – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed center Eric Staal to a three-year contract. As per club policy, no terms of the deal were released.

“Eric has clearly earned a spot on the Hurricanes with his exceptional play,” said Rutherford. “It is apparent that he will play an important role with the team at a very young age.”

Staal, 18, led the NHL in goals during the preseason with seven and was tied for first among rookies with seven points. He was tied for second in the league in power-play goals with three and scored on 35 percent of his shots during exhibition play. The Hurricanes selected Staal with their first-round pick, second overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in June.

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Staal (6’ 3’’, 189 lbs.) scored 39 goals and added 59 assists (98 points) in 66 games last season, his second with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native served as an alternate captain for Canada’s 2002 World under-18 championship team and won gold with Canada at the 2001 Six Nations tournament. In three junior hockey seasons, Staal recorded 81 goals, 128 assists (209 points) and 99 penalty minutes in 185 games with Peterborough.

The Hurricanes open their seventh season in North Carolina on Oct. 9 at Florida, before returning to the RBC Center for their home opener, Saturday, Oct. 11 against defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey. Ticket packages for the 2003-04 season are available by calling 1-888-NHL-TIX1. Individual game tickets for October and November games are available at the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center, at all TicketMaster locations or by calling TicketMaster at 919-834-4000.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72