Former Carolina Hurricanes captain and New York Ranger Eric Staal, and former Anaheim Duck Chris Stewart are heading to the “state of hockey” in a tough Central Division.
Staal, the 31-year-old 6’4’’center, signed a three-year contract worth $10.5 million as an unrestricted free agent. Staal will hit $3.5 million of Minnesota’s cap. Last season Eric Staal played 63 games with the Hurricanes and 20 with the Rangers, after being traded on February 28.
Staal scored ten goals, 33 points and a -3 rating with the Hurricanes. With the Rangers, Eric Staal posted three goals, six points and a +1 rating in 20 contests. In 929 NHL games, Staal has scored 325 goals and 781 points. He also has 43 points in 48 playoffs games and a Stanley Cup win with the Hurricanes from 2006.
Staal has also had an impressive international career, playing for team Canada. While playing for his country he won a gold medal in the 2010 Olympics and a gold medal in the 2007 World Championships.
Staal brings a veteran presence and postseason experience to a team looking to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Chris Stewart is returning to the Wild after a 56 game season with the Anaheim Ducks. He signed a two-year contract worth $2.3 million, $1.15 million of which will hit the Minnesota cap. In those 56 games with the Ducks, Stewart had eight goals and 20 points with a rating of +2.
The 6’2’’, 231lbs right winger played 20 games with Minnesota in the 2014-15 season, scoring three goals and 11 points with a +11 rating. In the 516 games Stewart has played in he has scored 137 goals with 284 points and hosts a -43 rating.