RALEIGH, N.C. -- This Saturday night should be a bit emotional for the Staal brothers.
For the first time as professional hockey players, Eric and Jordan Staal will take the ice together as teammates when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Florida Panthers, kicking off an NHL season that normally would have begun three months earlier.
The wait, due to a lockout that lasted more than 100 days, has only heightened the sense of excitement for the Staals, who became teammates on June 22 when Jordan was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade.
Jordan, 24, was basically waiting at the altar for his bride-to-be when he learned of the news. A star with the Penguins, he was joining his older brother, a perennial All-Star, on a team that has intriguing potential.
"It was obviously a lot of emotions that day, and finding out Im moving here and get to play on a great team and getting to play with Eric was a really cool feeling," Jordan said.
The pair is just two of four Staal...