Jordan Staal got his wish to play with his brother, Eric, and they will do so for a very long time.
The younger Staal, traded to Carolina by Pittsburgh at the 2012 NHL Draft, has agreed to a 10-year, $60 million contract with the Hurricanes, general manager Jim Rutherford announced Sunday.
Jordan Staal - 2011-12
Center - CAR
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 50
SOG: 149 | +/-: 11
If that contract sounds familiar, it is the same term the Penguins offered for reportedly the same amount of money to Staal. After he turned down that deal, Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero traded him to Carolina for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot.
Staal had 25 goals and a career-high 50 points for the Penguins last season. After being dealt to Carolina, he said he wasn't ready to commit to a 10-year deal from Pittsburgh because he was unsure of his role with the team when Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are both healthy and because it would have essentially ended any chance of playing with Eric at some point in their careers.
Now they will be together in Carolina through at least the 2015-16 season, when Eric Staal's current contract runs out.
"We are very pleased that Jordan has chosen to commit to the Hurricanes organization and to make North Carolina his home," Rutherford said in a statement. "At 23 years old he is just starting to come into his prime, and he now represents a cornerstone of our franchise for the long term."