Originally written on centericechat.com  |  Last updated 10/20/14

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on against the New York Islanders on October 21, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles won the game 4-3 after a shoot out. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


Eric Staal got some very good news a few weeks back when his Hurricanes made a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins to acquire one of Staal’s, brothers, Jordan, to play in Carolina. It not only made the Staal brothers happier, but it also made the Hurricanes much better. But as it sounds, Eric is hoping that his Hurricanes are not quite through adding some key pieces to an up and coming Carolina squad. The third season captain of the ‘Canes is pushing Carolina to add a forward who can help bolster the offense. But he isn’t just hoping for the team to add any forward. He wants a top flight winger to play alongside next season and for years to come. But does that mean that Staal is pushing the Hurricanes to pursue a trade for a top forward who is reportedly available such as Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets or Bobby Ryan of Anaheim Ducks? “For me, just the fact that we’re even in the mix, that we threw offers out there to these elite guys, is exciting,” Staal said. ”For us to be involved and make a pitch, it was big. We aren’t far off. We’ve got some very good pieces in place, and if we can add, like they’re saying, another elite forward, it will definitely put us in the mix among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. It’s exciting. I hope they’ll continue to push — and not just grab anybody, but the right person for our group.” Sounds to me as if Staal is hoping that his Hurricanes will continue to place a few inquiries to a couple of general managers looking to move a talented winger for the right price.  
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