According to Friedman, Staal wants to remain with the team long term and likely would not waive his no trade clause if he was put in that situation.
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With one year left on his current deal, Eric Staal is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2015-2016 season. He will have a cap hit of $8.25 million next season and get an actual salary of $9.5 million.
Eric Staal is on track for his lowest point total season since he broke into the league in 2003-2004, a year in which he tallied 31 points.
It appears the luck has finally started to turn around for Eric Staal. With 6 goals in his last 7 games and 8 points in his last 8 games, he has started to be the offensive leader once again for the Hurricanes.
The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Staal with the 2nd overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has tallied 714 points in 806 NHL games with seven 70+ point seasons which all came consecutively from 2005-2012, followed by 53 points in 48 games in the lockout shortened season in 2013.
Eric Staal has a lot more hockey left in his career, and it looks like the captain wants to spend it in Carolina, a place he has gotten to know very well over the past 11 seasons.