Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 7/1/12

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fights Nate Thompson #11 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on November 27, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have signed new center Jordan Staal to a 10-year contract extension. The Hurricanes marked the start of the free agency period Sunday by announcing a long-term deal for the star player they acquired from Pittsburgh in a draft-day trade just over a week ago. Staal will make 6 million per year under the deal, which begins with the 2013-14 season. He is due to make 4.5 million this season. Staal has said he turned down a 10-year deal two weeks ago to stay in Pittsburgh, and that decision precipitated the trade to Carolina in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 pick in the draft. General manager Jim Rutherford says Staal -- the younger brother of team captain Eric Staal -- "represents a cornerstone of our franchise for the long term." The 23-year-old Staal had career highs with 25 assists and 50 points last season with the Penguins. He was coveted by the Hurricanes, who wanted to add a top...
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