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Eric Staal signs with Wild: report

Center agrees to three-year contract with Minnesota

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Center Eric Staal agreed to a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Friday, according to the Star-Tribune.

The New York Rangers acquired Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. However, he struggled to score in New York, like he had in recent years with Carolina, the only team he had played for prior to the trade.

Staal was better than a point-a-game player during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, but his offensive numbers have gone down steadily. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 63 games with the Hurricanes, then scored three goals and finished with six points in 20 games with the Rangers.

Staal was scoreless with a minus-7 rating in the Rangers' five-game loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Staal has never approached the 100 points he put up in 2005-06, when he helped the Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup championship. But he had seven consecutive seasons (2005-12) with at least 70 points and has scored 21 or more goals nine times, most recently in 2014-15.

For his career, Staal has 325 goals and 456 assists in 929 games.

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