The curious case of Eric Staal

Lots to think about when it comes to deciding on how to handle the situation.

The captain is an unrestricted free agent this summer. The widely-held assumption this season was that Carolina wouldn’t be very good and that Staal, if prepared to waive his no-trade clause, might fetch a first-round pick and a good prospect on the rental market at the deadline so his $9.5 million salary and $8.25 million cap hit could be reallocated in future years to a new generation of Canes.

Sounds like a plan.

But winning has complicated that. Being in a playoff race has muddled the vision.

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