You won’t find many free agents with as mysterious a path as the one that’s ahead for Eric Staal. How much of a step back will Staal be willing to take following a whopping $57.75 million contract? Will a tepid rental run with the New York Rangers and lean years with the Carolina Hurricanes make for a really weak market? Staal’s agent Rick Curran faces a delicate balancing act in managing offers and Staal’s pride. He shed some interesting light on the situation to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti on Tuesday. Who is interested Most interestingly, a Hurricanes reunion isn’t totally out of the question: Carolina leaned toward nostalgia by retaining Cam Ward, yet initial indications were that they wouldn’t
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Didn’t take Steve Thomas long to find a new job. Thomas, released from Jon Cooper’s staff in Tampa Bay earlier this month, has agreed to join the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach to Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis, the club announced on Thursday. Assistants Kirk Muller and Brad Shaw then departed — Muller to Montreal, Shaw to Columbus — and GM Doug Armstrong filled one of the vacancies by hiring Mike Yeo, who will take over head coaching duties in ’17-18.