The Carolina Hurricanes only have three restricted free agents left, after signing Jared Staal to a one year/two-way deal today.
Staal will earn $550,000 in the NHL and $60,000 in the AHL.
Last season, the youngest Staal brother appeared in the last two games for the Canes playing mainly in the bottom six, except for when him, Eric and Jordan started a game on the same line.
This season, Staal will have a chance to win a bottom-six spot and stay with the team for the whole season. Right now, there are plenty of openings and Staal did a fine job in the two games he played last season.
Of course, that was only two games and if Staal wants to stick with the team he will have to prove he can be consistent.
The deal works well for both sides. If Staal makes the team and has a good season he can expect a modest pay raise in 2014-15, but if he fails to make the team, the Canes have the option of letting the Canadian native go next summer.
Although Staal has the chance of playing in the Hurricanes’ fourth line, he has never shown the scoring potential to move up and down the lineup. His potential is a dime a dozen player, mainly playing gritty and defensively on the fourth line, but every team needs a Jared Staal-like player.