The Carolina Hurricanes have three of the four Staal brothers in the organization. Why not get ‘em all?
Marc Staal is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-2015 season. Most people would agree with me saying that it is likely that he wants to join his brothers in Raleigh and play for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Marc Staal is coming off an awful injury last season that could have easily knocked him out of the NHL. Luckily, he is still playing for the New York Rangers. Though he may never be as good as he once was, he could still be a very valuable player for a playoff team.
Marc Staal is very good in his own end and has been one of the better shutdown defensemen over the years, and that would be something that interests the Hurricanes.
Staal has also been able to chip in offensively over the years. With his eye injury, he has only 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 17 games this season. This isn’t something to be worried about though, he is still adjusting to his injury and to wearing a visor. He should pick up his offense soon.
If Marc Staal can recapture his high level of play, he could fit in anywhere in the top four on the Carolina Hurricanes. He’d also play on the penalty kill, and maybe even some powerplay time.
If Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera keep up their awesome play, I’m not sure if Kirk Muller would want to split that up. Staal could fit in with defensive defenseman Tim Gleason. Finding someone for Tim Gleason to play with has been a problem over the years. This could solve that problem.
He could also play with Ryan Murphy. Having a sound defensive defenseman that can chip in on offense, like Marc Staal, could do big things for Ryan Murphy.
The money could be an issue for the Hurricanes. Justin Faulk needs a new contract, and he could want a decent amount of money. Andrej Sekera will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-2015 seaon, and if he keeps up his play, it is unlikely that Jim Rutherford would let him go. Marc Staal will likely be looking for a raise coming off of his $3.975 million contract.
Could he want $4 million? Could he want $5 million or more? We will get a better idea of how much money he wants as we get closer to that time.
There is still plenty of time until this could be a possibility, and a lot of things could happen between now and then, but the addition of Marc Staal not only seems like a good option for the Carolina Hurricanes, but it also seems like a very possible option for the Canes.