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Hockey Wilderness Jul 22, 2016

A "Wild" swing for the fences - Could it work?

At a reasonable price point, the Minnesota Wild shored up their forward depth with the signings of former marquee center Eric Staal and bruising winger Chris Stewart. With the potential for Tyler Graovac, and a rookie like Alex Tuch or Joel Eriksson-Ek, to fill out the bottom of the roster, the club is 10-11 top-9 forwards deep, but could they be better? The answer to this, of course, is yes. Adding savvy vets in Staal and Stewie was a smart move, but neither one is the franchise No. 1 center the Wild needs and the fan base deserves. It's clear that center isn't going to come through free...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 4, 2016

HW Podcast 072: Staal-ing and Stew-ing

It was a busy holiday weekend for the Minnesota Wild, who were active in free agency. It was a big week for the Minnesota Wild, so the Hockey Wilderness Podcast responded with an appropriately big podcast discussing all of the big news that hit during free agent weekend. Barry, Joe, and Tony sat down to discuss: Jason Zucker re-signing with the Wild. Was $2M/year too much for him? How will Zucker’s deal inform the Wild’s negotiations with Matt Dumba? Whether the Wild signing Alex Stalock actually matters Why signing Eric Staal for 3 years, $10.5M was the best move the Wild...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 2, 2016

Staal and Stewart make for fitting Wild pieces together a little more intriguing

Day one of free agency for the Wild was an active one. With two new players added to the roster, the 2016-17 roster is coming into focus. Eric Staal, a player whose offensive numbers declined last season, but still controls the puck effectively, and Chris Stewart, a player that isn’t unfamiliar to Minnesota and head coach Bruce Boudreau. Stewart has been able to score goals while having less than stellar possession metrics. Not to mention, he is a type of player the Wild can add to the lower lines and have a physical presence that the Wild lacks. Staal no doubt fills a void down the...

Wild signs Eric Staal to potentially center Zach Parise's line

Wild forgoes free-agent binge bidding, acquires center by offering ideal opportunity
Canes Country Jul 1, 2016

Who Will be the Next Hurricanes Captain?

With Eric Staal gone and a new era emerging, who will the Carolina Hurricanes name as their next captain? When Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was dealt to the New York Rangers just before the trade deadline on February 29, the team was left with three alternate captains for the remainder of the season. Justin Faulk’s injury left the primary leadership spotlight on the former captain’s brother, Jordan Staal. Faulk and Staal have proven their leadership on the ice, so who will be the next Hurricanes player to don the "C?" Staal joined the Hurricanes in June of 2012 after a peculiarly...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 1, 2016

Wild Sign Eric Staal for 3 years, $3.5M AAV

The Wild have addressed their biggest need by adding a center Chuck Fletcher has opened free agency by addressing the teams biggest need, and added big-bodied center Eric Staal.  The 6'4" former captain comes to Minnesota after spending his career with the Carolina organization which ended in a brief cup of coffee with the Rangers after the trade deadline last season.  Perhaps the most surprising part of the deal is that Fletcher was able to negotiate what seems to be a fair deal, with Staal receiving appropriate term at 3 years and appropriate cost of $3.5M.  This comes as...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 1, 2016

Wild Active in Free Agency

The Wild have addressed their biggest need by adding a center, added a depth goalie, and forward depth Chuck Fletcher has opened free agency by addressing the teams biggest need, and added big-bodied center Eric Staal.  The 6'4" former captain comes to Minnesota after spending his career with the Carolina organization which ended in a brief cup of coffee with the Rangers after the trade deadline last season.  Perhaps the most surprising part of the deal is that Fletcher was able to negotiate what seems to be a fair deal, with Staal receiving appropriate term at 3 years and appropriate...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 1, 2016

Wild Sign Eric Staal for 3 years, $3.5M AAV

The Wild have addressed their biggest need by adding a center Chuck Fletcher has opened free agency by addressing the teams biggest need, and added big-bodied center Eric Staal.  The 6'4" former captain comes to Minnesota after spending his career with the Carolina organization which ended in a brief cup of coffee with the Rangers after the trade deadline last season.  Perhaps the most surprising part of the deal is that Fletcher was able to negotiate what seems to be a fair deal, with Staal receiving appropriate term at 3 years and appropriate cost of $3.5M.  This comes as somewhat of a...

Wild signs center Eric Staal, goalie Alex Stalock

Free agency has started, and the Wild has signed a center

Wild signs center Eric Staal, goalie Alex Stalock; Backes goes to Boston

The Wild struck out on St. Louis captain David Backes but has signed former Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.
Hockey Wilderness Jun 30, 2016

Eric Staal is on Minnesota Wild’s radar during Free Agency

There will be a player that the Minnesota Wild are looking to add tomorrow at Noon central time when the Unrestricted Free Agency signing period opens. Usually a day where stupid money is thrown around to all kinds of players that maybe aren’t always worth what their contracts are, but nonetheless got paid for short stints of decent play. Eric Staal is not that player that will be paid for small period of decent play. In fact, after many years of consistent play, a Stanley Cup, his play is clearly on the decline. But the 31 year old “elder” Staal is looking to redeem himself with a...
Winging It In Motown Jun 29, 2016

2016 NHL Free Agency: Eric Staal: Can He Regain His Past Greatness?

He hasn't been mentioned a lot, but Eric Staal could be a decent Plan B The Red Wings are hot in their pursuit of Steven Stamkos. But is there a viable backup plan in place should Detroit be unable to land the highly coveted star? A name that hasn't been mentioned a lot could be a guy to provide a short-term solution for the Wings should Stamkos decide to sign somewhere else. Vitals Position: Center Height/Weight: 6'4" / 205 Lbs Born: October 29, 1984 (Age 31) Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON Shoots: Left Statistics Why Should the Wings consider Staal? To set the record straight...

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