Eric Staal joins his brother in Florida

Eric Staal joins his brother in Florida


More than three months after his brother Marc, forward Eric Staal reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers on Friday. 

The 37-year-old center player will receive a salary of $750,000 under this one-pact deal, according to the specialized site DailyFaceoff. 

Staal had however been released at the end of his professional trial at the dawn of the start of the regular calendar. General manager Bill Zito explained that he did not count on the salary flexibility necessary to obtain the services of the veteran of 1,293 games in the National Hockey League.

Even without a valid contract, Staal continued to train with the Panthers with a view to making a return to the Bettman circuit and his gamble paid off. The long-term injury of Aaron Ekblad, among others, allowed Zito to save money to give him a contract.

In 2021-2022, the native of Thunder Bay played the colors of the Iowa Wild in the American League for four games. He also acted as captain for the Canadian team at the Beijing Olympics.

During his career, Staal wore the colors of the Carolina Hurricanes, the New York Rangers, the Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabers and Montreal Canadiens. He had played 21 playoff games with the Habs in 2021, amassing eight points.

As a career, he has scored 441 goals and 1,034 points in the regular season and 59 points in 83 playoff games. He lifted the Stanley Cup in his second year in the circuit in 2005-2006, with the “Canes”.

Staal will play alongside his brother Marc, a 35-year-old defenseman, with the Panthers. He had initialed an agreement identical to that of his brother last July.