The Carolina Hurricanes aren't content to simply build for the future. This year, they're going Staal in.
This marks a big year for a small-market franchise that has made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes are looking to take a significant step forward in coach Kirk Muller's first complete season, and they spent some significant money during the offseason to help make that happen.
And no move - not even the signing of Alexander Semin - created more buzz than the blockbuster trade that reunited Eric Staal with younger brother Jordan.
''We've got some new faces that are really going to help our team,'' Eric Staal said, ''and we'd like to gel together quickly this week.''
For the most part, the Hurricanes skated well in four months last season under Muller, a first-time NHL head coach who took over for the fired Paul Maurice in December 2011 and led them to points in 37 of 57 games. No player blossomed under him more than Eric Staal, who playe...