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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

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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
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13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60