NEW YORK -- Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal wants to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season and many more after. He'd like to get there with the Hurricanes. That's where things get tricky for him.
Staal is in the final season of a seven-year, $57.25 million contract and said he and his agent have not had any negotiations on a new contract with general manager Ron Francis. The Hurricanes are 8-11-4 and seven points out of a playoff spot heading into their game against the New York Rangers on Monday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, MSG).
The lack of contract negotiations between a veteran player and a team that isn't currently trending toward a playoff berth makes it reasonable to suggest the likelihood of a trade is growing by the day. However, the Raleigh News & Observer reported last week that Staal's agent, Rick Curran, could meet with Francis early in December.