Several days ago, goaltender Cam Ward was at the forefront of trade talk among the Carolina Hurricanes. It appears captain Eric Staal wants no part of that as Elliott Friedman reported that the 30-year-old doesn’t have any plan to waive his no-trade clause.
Staal, now playing alongside his brother Jordan, appears to be at the peak of his game, something we haven’t seen in a while. Although he only sits with 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points, his performance as a whole stands out. He is currently riding a three game point streak with four goals and a lone assist.
It’s obvious in his stride that he’s fully healthy again, which plays part in his confidence returning as well. Prior to his brothers’ return, his positioning and leadership on the ice made a significant appearance. With the reports that Staal will not waive his no-trade clause expresses his leadership, dedication, and commitment to the club. His 300 goals and 800 games have all come with the franchise, why would he leave?
Even if the Hurricanes can’t make it to the playoffs this year they’re getting better game-by-game. They also play better when Eric plays better.
Ward and Staal are the only two players who remain on the team with a 2006 Stanley Cup ring. Both were drafted and have spent their career in Raleigh. It’d be hard to envision the franchise without the two.