06/25/23: the storm is here officially announced Staal’s extension confirms the contract’s reported four-year duration and $2.9MM average annual value. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell released the following statement regarding the signing:
Jordan is the epitome of what storms mean. His leadership has been integral to our success and the impact he has made on our organization cannot be overstated. We couldn’t be more excited to sign him for the next four years.
One aspect worth noting about this deal is its structure. per cookpediaAccording to the extension, Staal will only be paid $775k in base salary in the final year of the deal. While that number is likely to be revised to the new minimum wage under the next collective bargaining agreement, it is still far less than what Staal earned on an annual basis over the course of his career.
That structure and the four-year duration of the deal have led some to speculate that the Hurricanes do not plan to see Staal play the full length of the contract, as the forward could potentially be at the start of a low-salary final year. Could end his career before it happens. ,
Since Staal won’t turn 35 until September, this extension won’t count as a 35+ contract against the limit, making such speculation a bit more plausible.
06/24/23: Carolina Hurricanes fans can breathe a sigh of relief tonight, as they are getting a significant amount of business ahead of their busiest week of the offseason. team and captain Jordan Steele Contracts are close to detail, Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman reports Saturday night,
The expansion of the stall is far from a surprise. Carolina may have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to their depth this off-season, but their captain was an obvious one to bring back with nearly 25MM of cap space this off-season (cap friendly, He may be 35 before next season begins, but Staal was beyond elite in the shutdown role in 2022-23, adding 17 goals and 34 points in 81 regular season games.
That being said, it is quite a commitment for a player who will be 38 when the deal expires. The good news is that he doesn’t seem to be in any sort of steady decline, given the consistent aggression he’s had over the past five years, apart from a 2020-21 season in which he registered 38 points in just 53 games.
He will play a key role on a team that looks to load up on the forwards this offseason and compete for the Stanley Cup again in 2023-24. Staal’s two-way dominance will be a huge advantage in the lineup – Staal’s three-man unit, Jordan Martinuk And jasper fast Controlled 70% of required targets (money pack) when deployed together, a team-high no.
Assuming he does end the contract, Staal will become one of the longest-tenured players in franchise history with a stint of 15 years. Since his acquisition from the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012, Staal has played 742 games in a Carolina jersey, currently fourth among Hurricanes/Whalers skaters.