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12 Eric Staal C
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 10/29/1984 | Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada | Team: Carolina Hurricanes | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/21 | Average Draft Position: 66.84
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10/21/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Skates In No-Contact Sweater

News: Eric Staal (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Analysis: It's a good sign that Eric Staal was able to take the ice Tuesday, but he is not ready to play just yet. He will likely miss several more games, but he could return to action Oct. 28 against the Canucks.

10/19/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal (Upper Body) Skates Sunday

News: Eric Staal (upper body) skated by himself Sunday and could return during the road trip at Vancouver.
Analysis: Eric Staal left the game Oct. 11 against the Islanders with an upper body injury that was feared to be a concussion, but was later determined not the case. The trip to Vancouver is next Tuesday, meaning coach Bill Peters believes Staal is still at least a week away from returning.

10/17/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Likely Out Until Late Next Week

News: Eric Staal (upper body) is not expected to return to action until the latter half of the Hurricanes' road trip beginning next week.
Analysis: After a break in their schedule over the weekend, the Hurricanes will resume play Tuesday in Winnipeg, but Eric Staal likely won't be available until before the team's Oct. 23 tilt with the Flames. The Hurricanes will wait and see how he progresses over the next few days before determining if an IR stint will be necessary.

10/16/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes Rule Out E. Staal For Thursday

News: Eric Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal will miss his second straight game and is considered day-to-day, but coach Bill Peters said he doesn't have a clear idea when the center might be available. With a number of their top players ailing, the Hurricanes should benefit from the five-day break in their schedule after Thursday's game, but if Staal is still hurting next week, a move to injured reserve would likely be considered.

10/13/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Not Concussed

News: Eric Staal (upper body) does not have a concussion, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Stall will still sit out Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but it's certainly encouraging to hear that he doesn't have a concussion. There's no word yet on the exact nature of Eric Staal's injury, so it's safest to consider him say-to-day for now.

10/13/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Out Tuesday

News: Eric Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal missed practice Monday, and as expected, won't be available for Tuesday's game. If he does indeed have a concussion, there's a chance he could miss a significant period of time.

10/13/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Misses Practice

News: Eric Staal (upper body) did not practice with the team Monday, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal left Saturday's game after getting hit hard, and could be suffering from a concussion. It's a bad sign that he wasn't at practice Monday, and there's a good chance he won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres.

10/11/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal: Chance Of Concussion Symptoms?

News: Eric Staal left Saturday's game with what might be concussion-like symptoms, according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. He had taken a hard, high and legal hit that caused his head to whip forward and back.
Analysis: He was slow to get off the ice and appeared dazed on the bench. This could be a huge blow to an already injury-riddled Canes' squad if Eric Staal proves to be concussed.

10/11/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Leaves Game With Injury

News: Eric Staal left Saturday night's game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Analysis: Eric Staal picked up an assist before leaving the game, but his health is obviously a bigger concern after undergoing offseason abdominal surgery. There's no word on the nature of his injury at this point, but it would be a huge blow to the Canes if he missed a significant amount of time.

9/30/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal To Play Tuesday Vs. Blues

News: Eric Staal said he has had no lingering problems in camp with the after-effects of offseason abdominal surgery, and will suit up for his first preseason game Tuesday against St. Louis, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal has been practicing this week in his usual spot between Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty on the Canes' first line. Barring any unexpected setbacks, we fully expect Staal to open the season in full health. Draft with confidence.

9/21/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal To Miss First Preseason Game

News: Eric Staal will be held out of the Canes' first preseason game as a precaution, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Analysis: According to coach Bill Peters, Eric Staal is not injured, and has not not missed any practice time in camp. However, Staal did have surgery for an abdominal injury this summer, and it sounds like Peters is just being cautious with his star center in the early going. For now, this does not appear to be something that will affect Staal's preseason fantasy value, but it's worth keeping an eye on nonetheless.

9/20/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Has New Linemates In Camp

News: Eric Staal has been skating with Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm so far in training camp, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Analysis: Eric Staal, who is attempting to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 season (61 points in 79 games) in which he skated primarily with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty, could be looking at a fresh start this season with a new coach (Bill Peters) and new linemates. And although Peters cautioned reporters on the first day of camp not to read too much into his initial line combination choices, the thought of Staal playing with Skinner and Lindholm - two of the Canes' most skilled forwards - is an intriguing one. While it's still just the first week of training camp, and nothing is written in stone at this point, it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.

8/30/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal (Abdomen) Back On Ice

News: Eric Staal (abdominal surgery) was back on the ice Friday at an informal skate with the Hurricanes, reports the Raleigh News Observer Analysis: He had surgery in late July for a core-muscle issue that was described more as an abdominal wall injury rather than a sports hernia. He had changed his offseason training approach after delivering his lowest offensive numbers in a full season since his rookie year. The injury was characterized as a training injury, but it's behind him now and he's been on the ice for 10 days. "It was frustrating," he said. "At the time of the injury I thought I was in the best shape I've ever been in." If that's the case and if he can get out of the blocks strong, Eric Staal could be in line for a fantasy rebound. But he's going to turn 30 in October, so don't expect his output to recover to his previous best.

7/29/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Undergoes Hernia Surgery

News: Eric Staal underwent successful hernia surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp in September, USA Today reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal's procedure should allow him ample time to recover by training camp and be fully healthy by the time the regular season begins. The 29-year-old posted 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games last season, production lower than his usual output. Nonetheless, Staal has only missed 17 games during his 10-year career, so durability hasn't traditionally been a concern for him.

4/13/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Scores Twice

News: Eric Staal scored two goals against the Flyers on Sunday.
Analysis: These goals got Eric Staal to 21 on the season, keeping him from finishing below the 20 goal mark. This was his worst season since his rookie year, which is a bit of a concern heading into next season.

3/22/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Busy In Canes Loss

News: Eric Staal assisted on both Carolina goals in Friday's loss to Chicago. He still has not scored a goal since February 27, a span of 11 games.
Analysis: Eric Staal has seven assists in the last nine games, but the Canes could use a goal or two from their leader. He's still the team's top offensive player, but a few more goals would be a welcomed sight. The fact that he's factoring into so many goals should show an end to this drought, but he only has three shots on goal in the last three games.

3/11/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Set To Play Tuesday

News: Eric Staal (illness) was on the ice for Tuesday's optional morning skate and will play against the Rangers.
Analysis: Eric Staal only needed the day off Monday to rest up and recover from the flu. Barring a last-minute flareup of the ill symptoms during pregame warmups, fantasy owners should feel comfortable inserting Staal into their lineups Tuesday.

3/10/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Misses Practice With Illness

News: Eric Staal was out sick for Monday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Coach Kirk Muller said the team would see how Eric Staal is feeling during Tuesday's morning skate before determining his status for their game vs. the Rangers. Staal had seen his production slide even before the illness hit, as he's provided only two points in his last five games.

2/28/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Scores Lone Goal For 'Canes On Thursday

News: Eric Staal accounted for the entirety of the Carolina offense on Thursday, scoring a goal for the second straight game and taking seven shots in a 4-1 loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Nice to see Eric Staal exit the break with some scoring after he'd tallied just an assist in five games headed in.

2/25/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Scores, But 'Canes Fall In Buffalo

News: Eric Staal scored his 15th goal and went plus-2 in Tuesday's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: You can't pin this one on Eric Staal, who scored his first goal since Jan. 27 and continues to resurrect his plus-minus. He's now minus-5 on the year, a massive improvement over the minus-17 he had at the end of December. Perhaps the Olympic break helped him clear his head and set him up for a strong run to end the season.

2/8/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Ends Small Drought In Canes' Win

News: Eric Staal assisted on one of Carolina's five goals in Friday's win over Florida, also finishing a plus-3.
Analysis: Eric Staal remains one of the more consistent options after the elite players, although the 14 goals through 53 games are a bit down from his usual 30-plus pace.

1/27/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Scores Twice

News: Eric Staal notched two goals against the Blue Jackets on Monday.
Analysis: Eric Staal has a six-game point streak going, and he's tallied nine points in those games.

1/19/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Tallies Two Points

News: Eric Staal scored a goal and added an assist against the Lightning on Sunday.
Analysis: Eric Staal has three multi-point games in his last five contests, but overall he only has 39 points in 45 games and is a minus-13. Neither is what you expect from Staal.

1/18/2014

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Eric Staal

E. Staal's Playmaking Leads Canes To Victory

News: Eric Staal picked up two assists Saturday in a win over the Panthers.
Analysis: He has seven points, including six helpers, in his last five games. But right now, he has just 10 goals in 44 games, a pace that will see him score the fewest of his career outside his rookie season.

1/13/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' E. Staal Cleared To Return Monday

News: Eric Staal (lower body) will be back in the lineup Monday vs. the Flames.
Analysis: A spectator for the the team's last four games, Eric Staal resumed practicing Sunday and was a full participant at morning skate, clearing him for a return to top-line duty. With 35 points and a minus-15 rating in 42 games, Staal is having a subpar season by his usual standards, but is still a tremendous fantasy asset across almost any league.