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Hurricanes sign Jordan Staal to 10-year deal

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Nine days after acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Carolina Hurricanes have signed center Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract extension, the team announced Sunday.

Staal was traded to the Hurricanes during the NHL draft's first day for Brandon Suttter, Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's first-round pick.

Signing Staal "represents a cornerstone of our franchise for the long term," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement.

The brother of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, Jordan is only 25 and already has played in six NHL seasons.

Staal scored a career-high 25 goals and 50 points last season. He has 120 goals in 431 career games.

The new deal begins with the 2013-14 season.
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