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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.

‘Canes keep veteran G MacIntyre in fold with one-year, $600K deal

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Drew MacIntyre has been rewarded for his workmanlike effort last season.

MacIntyre, who set an AHL Charlotte franchise record for minutes played in 2014-15, has signed a one-year, two-way extension with the Hurricanes for $600,000, the club announced on Friday.

The deal will pay the 31-year-old MacIntyre $250,000 at the AHL level.

A well-traveled journeyman that’s played professionally in Toledo, Grand Rapids, Manitoba, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Hamilton, Rochester, Buffalo, Prague, Reading and Toronto, MacIntyre has six career NHL appearances on his resume and dressed for one game as the ‘Canes backup last year, but failed to see any ice time.

Based on the current state of the Canes’ goaltending depth chart, MacIntyre is expected to spend the majority of next year back in Charlotte. Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward are both locked in to Carolina for the foreseeable future.