Trade Possibility: Jordan Staal
As the Hurricanes continue in their transition period, another familiar name could be on the move. It has been reported that Jordan Staal has been shopped around, only months after brother Eric was dealt to the New York Rangers.
The Hurricanes severed ties with ex-captain Eric at the trade deadline, and they may look to do the same with Jordan this offseason. It is unknown if they’ll try to re-unite the brothers, but due to Jordan’s contract, that may be tough. He has 7 years left at 6 million per year.
Staal’s two-way game makes him a worthwhile asset for any team that wants to compete. You run the risk of having a contract you need to buy out in a few years, but Staal will only turn 28 this September, making him 34 in the final year of his deal.
Staal thrives in the correct role. He is perfectly fit to be a second line center and top-class penalty killer, nothing more and nothing less. He potted 20 goals last year and accumulated a total of 48 points, good for any top-six forward, especially on the offensively challenged Carolina Hurricanes.
There could be a few teams interested in Jordan Staal’s services. The Nashville Predators will continue their perpetual search for top of the like centers. The Minnesota Wild would be interested, too. I would even go so far as to throw Ottawa and Montreal into the equation as well, depending on how the Stamkos ordeal plays out.
There’s no doubt Ron Francis wouldn’t be upset if Jordan Staal starts next year in a Hurricanes jersey. But, he is a nice asset to potentially move with an influx of young players coming aboard. This situation could play out in a number of ways, but only time shall tell.