According to the Associated Press on Sunday, the Carolina Hurricanes have traded Canadian Olympic gold medalist Eric Staal of Thunder Bay, Ontario to the New York Rangers for Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela, the Rangers’ second round pick in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft and the Rangers’ second round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Staal, who has been the captain of the Hurricanes since 2009, won a gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Staal has played his entire National Hockey League career with the Hurricanes. In 909 career games in Carolina, Staal has 322 goals and 453 assists for 775 points. In 2015-16, Staal has 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points. In 63 games, Staal has been a -4 with 32 penalty minutes, seven power play points, 159 shots on goal, 55 hits, 22 blocked shots, 45 takeaways and 32 giveaways.
Eric Staal was one of two players the Hurricanes traded on Sunday. They also traded Kris Versteeg to the New York Rangers for Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth round draft pick.
Eric Staal will be leaving his brother Jordan in Carolina and be joining his other brother Marc in New York. The Rangers, who also acquired Chris Brown from the Washington Capitals for Ryan Bourque, are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 78 points.