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Marc Staal would welcome brother Eric to Rangers

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Jordan Staal knows he could lose a brother off his team by the time the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline passes at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

Marc Staal, on the other hand, would relish the opportunity to gain one.

Trade rumors have swirled around Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has played his entire career in Carolina, including the past four seasons with Jordan.

If Eric is traded to the New York Rangers, he would be leaving Jordan to join Marc.

"It's obviously something that I'd absolutely like to [do]," Marc Staal told on Friday. "It would be very cool. It would be a nice change of pace from playing against those two."

Marc, like Eric, has played his entire career with one team. Marc has played nine seasons with the Rangers, and he's had many a battle against Eric and Jordan, separately and as a tandem. Jordan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins before being traded to the Hurricanes. Each team currently plays in the Metropolitan Division.

"He's been in Carolina a long time, he's given a lot to that organization," Marc Staal said. "They (Eric and Jordan) have enjoyed it for sure. I think both of them would like to be in the (Stanley Cup) Playoffs together."

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Marc and the Rangers (35-20-6) enter Saturday in second place in the division, 10 points ahead of the sixth-place Hurricanes (28-25-10). Carolina trails Pittsburgh by two points for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Jordan told TSN earlier this week he's prepared for whatever transpires at the deadline, even if it means Eric leaving.

"Those are the rumors, obviously. Whether that happens or not, it'd be pretty neat to see them playing together as well," Jordan said. "I don't really know what's going to happen. Brothers stealing brothers is not what I want to see, but at the end of the day, if that's the way it works out, that's the way it works out. To play alongside your brother and battle for two points every night, you pinch yourself every once in a while. It's been really cool."

Eric has a no-movement clause in his contract and told the News & Observer earlier this week he hadn't been asked to waive it. Marc, who was headed toward being a UFA before signing a six-year contract with the Rangers on Jan. 18, 2015, sympathizes with Eric's plight.

"I don't really know if they are negotiating a contract or not," Marc Staal said. "It's never a good feeling not knowing what's going to happen as a player, especially with a family at home. He's got three boys. It's a tough situation for him. He's looking forward to Monday."

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