Here’s what Friedman told The FAN 960 on Monday:
“I don’t think anybody is going to come out and say that, but I have heard they’re not really that close in negotiations,” Friedman said. “He has control. He has a no-move clause, just like Cam Ward does. Carolina can’t do anything without his approval.”
Staal has control … and he’s also “very comfortable” in Carolina. And, really, the “comfortable” thing to do would be to extend their captain.
Success in sports and “comfort” don’t always mix so well – competition tends to make you leave that security blanket behind, after all – so one has to wonder if it’s really the right decision for Staal or the Hurricanes.
Ever since the Hurricanes’ unexpected Stanley Cup win in 2005-06, this team has been sinking or swimming based on the play of Staal and Ward.
Let’s be honest: that hasn’t worked out all that often. Yes, there was a deep postseason run in 2008-09, but that was Carolina’s only playoff appearance since that title run.
Is that all Staal’s fault? Of course not, but the Hurricanes might just be better off passing the torch … and Staal could benefit in going from the guy in Carolina to just one of the guys on another team.