Carolina Hurricanes

The futures of four marquee Hurricanes players rest with one agent, one GM


There is an interesting dynamic brewing with the Carolina Hurricanes when it comes to four of their top players, including Eric and Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner and goalie Cam Ward.

All four are represented by the same agent in Rick Curran, and Carolina general manager Ron Francis will have some important decisions to make about the futures of all four players, most notably Eric Staal, who is entering the final year of his contract, which includes a no-trade clause.

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

Basically, every high-priced, popular, star player the Hurricanes might even consider trading as part of a rebuilding process has the same agent, and this summer brings a new kind of time pressure.

Both Eric Staal and Ward need to be either re-signed or traded, because their contracts are up after next season. Jordan Staal is signed to a long-term contract but came here to play with his brother and may not want to stay without him. Skinner has three years left on his contract but is one of the Hurricanes’ most marketable assets.

As the NHL Draft nears — it was only two weeks away, as of Friday — the speculation around the future of the elder Staal, the Hurricanes captain, could intensify. It’s worth noting that on Friday, it was reported that Francis is not seeking to trade Staal at this point.

Report: Hurricanes aren’t seeking to trade Eric Staal


With speculation about the future of Eric Staal, especially with the NHL Draft only two weeks away and with one final season left on his contract, the Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly not looking to trade their captain.

“No, not at this point,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told about whether the club was seeking to trade the 30-year-old Staal.

Staal, who has played his entire career so far in Carolina, is coming off a 54-point season, playing in 77 games with the Hurricanes. It’s his lowest point total in a non-lockout year since his rookie season in 2003-04.

He’s also entering the final year of his current contract, which comes with a cap hit of $8.25 million and a no-trade clause, while paying him $9.5 million for the last season.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Staal’s agent Rick Curran and Francis were expected to meet to discuss Staal’s future with the team.

Canes sign Lucas Wallmark to a three-year, $1.8 million contract


The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Lucas Wallmark to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $1.825 million the club announced on Thursday.

At the NHL level, Wallmark will make $575,000 in 2015-16, $600,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18. The deal pays him $65,000 per season at the American Hockey League level and includes a signing bonus of $225,000.

“Lucas has good hockey sense and can contribute in all three zones in different situations,” said Carolina GM Ron Francis. “We are pleased that he has chosen to continue his professional development in our organization.”

Wallmark spent the 2014-15 season with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League scoring five goals and 13 points.

The 19-year-old led the his club in playoff scoring during their first-round playoff loss to Frolunda registering five assists.

The native of Umea, Sweden represented his country at the 2015 world juniors scoring four goals and six points in seven games capturing a silver medal at the tournament.

Carolina selected the 6-foot, 176-pound forward in the fourth round (97th overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Report: Big meeting coming regarding Eric Staal’s future in Carolina


Eric Staal has said – repeatedly – that he would prefer to stay with the Carolina Hurricanes. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that an upcoming meeting between his agent Rick Curran and GM Ron Francis may determine the course of his (and really, the franchise’s) future.

There are some interesting facets to this situation, particularly these three factors:

Staal’s expiring, expensive contract

There’s no denying that Staal is an important piece for Carolina, but is he worth keeping around?

His $8.25 million cap hit is pricey enough, yet in the last season of his deal, his salary peaks at a whopping $9.5 million. That’s a lot of scratch for a guy who has scored 61 points or less the past three seasons (and isn’t particularly dominant defensively, either).

The good-and-bad news is that his contract expires after 2016-17. LeBrun believes that Carolina cannot afford to let him walk for nothing, so they’re at a fork in the road: either trade him or get an extension done at a discount.

No-trade clause

LeBrun reports that Staal may be amenable to waiving his no-trade clause under many circumstances, yet it’s just another thing that makes this a tricky situation for Francis.

Domino effect

Curran doesn’t just represent Eric Staal, he also is Jordan’s agent. Oh yeah, his client list also includes Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner. That accounts for almost $26.3 million of cap commitments for Carolina.

While Ward’s deal also expires after this coming season (was that a sigh of relief from Hurricanes fans?), Jordan Staal and Skinner have lengthy deals. Still, it’s more than reasonable to wonder if Jordan would want to stick with Carolina if his brother is gone.


As LeBrun notes, Curran wants to know what direction this franchise takes. Considering his client list, he has a lot of say in what happens, too.

Canes sign Tyler Ganly to a three-year entry-level contract

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tyler Ganly to a three-year entry-level contract the cub announced on Monday.

The deal will pay Ganly $575,000 in 2015-16 and 2016-17 at the NHL level, and $650,000 in 2017-18. The contract also includes a $120,000 signing bonus and will pay him $60,000 per year at the American Hockey League level.

“Tyler had a good season despite missing significant time due to injury,” said Canes’ GM Ron Francis. “He was especially good in the playoffs and was a big part of his team making the OHL’s Western Conference finals.”

The 20-year-old had two goals and 14 assists to go along with a plus-15 rating in 38 OHL games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound blue liner added two goals and seven assists in 14 playoff games.

Ganly was Carolina’s sixth-round selection (156th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft.