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 WRALSportsFan.com 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.