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HURRICANES SIGN 2005-06 LEADING SCORER ERIC STAAL

Saturday, 07.01.2006 / 12:34 PM / News
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HURRICANES SIGN 2005-06 LEADING SCORER ERIC STAAL
21-year old led Hurricanes in scoring in 2005-06 and NHL in postseason

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2006

RALEIGH, NC –
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed center Eric Staal to a three-year contract. The deal will pay the 2003 second overall draft pick $4 million in 2006-07, $4.5 million in 2007-08 and $5 million in 2008-09.

“Eric has developed into one of the premier scorers and playmakers in the National Hockey League,” said Rutherford. “He led our team in goals, assists and points last year, and he had a fantastic postseason, making big plays at key times. He is one of the centerpieces for the Hurricanes and we are glad to have him under contract for the next few seasons.”

In 2005-06, Staal, 21, became the first player to post a 100-point season in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform, and the first player to earn 100-or-more points in a season for the franchise since Ron Francis had 101 in 1989-90. Staal’s 45 goals during the regular season were the most for a center in franchise history and marked the first time a Hurricanes player has notched 40-or-more goals since Jeff O’Neill had 41 in 2000-01. Staal finished the season ranked seventh in the National Hockey League in points (100), eighth in goals (45) and tied for eighth in power-play goals (19), and was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team. He led the Hurricanes in goals (45), points (100) and shots on goal (279), and tied for the team lead in assists (55) while playing in all 82 regular-season games.

During the postseason, Staal (6’ 4”, 205 lbs.) led all NHLers with 28 points, 19 assists, seven power-play goals, 10 power-play assists, 17 power-play points and 87 shots while playing in all 25 of Carolina’s games en route to the Stanley Cup championship. He posted a 15-game postseason points streak with at least a point per game from April 24 to May 28, posting seven goals and 13 assists in that span. His 15-game postseason points streak is the longest in franchise history and tied for fifth longest in NHL postseason history.

The Hurricanes drafted Staal with the second overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Since turning profressional at the start of the 2003-04 season, the Thunder Bay, Ont., native has scored 56 goals and added 75 assists (131 points) in 163 NHL regular-season games. Staal spend all of 2004-05 with Lowell of the American Hockey League, scoring 26 goals, earning 51 assists (77 points) in 77 games.

For information regarding 2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60