The Carolina Hurricanes have traded their captain Eric Staal to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2016 and 2017 2nd round pick in the NHL Entry Draft as well as prospect Aleksi Saarela.
Carolina will retain 50% of Staal’s remaining salary.
Staal, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off season, was drafted 2nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Level Draft by the Hurricanes. Staal was named team captain in 2010 replacing Rob Brind’Amour.
In 909 career games, Staal has scored 322 goals, 775 points and 678 penalty minutes. He is the Hurricanes all time leader in games played, goals, assists, points and more.
This season he has 10 goals, 33 points and is a -4 in 63 games. Staal can bring the help the Rangers need down the middle as well as some veteran experience in which Staal won a Stanley Cup in 2006.
Going to the Hurricanes is 19 year old Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela. Saarela was drafted 3rd round, 89th overall by the Rangers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Saarela is currently playing with Assat Pori of the Finnish Elite League, where in 46 games this season has 18 goals, 31 points and is +7. Saarela is a good hockey IQ and brings skill and a high compete level.
The Rangers add to an already strong playoff team and the ‘Canes have now “officially” started their rebuild.