September 11, 2008
While Carolina Hurricanes fans are awaiting a press conference on Eric Staal's long-term deal with the franchise this afternoon, ESPN is reporting that it's "a seven-year contract extension with Carolina worth between $56 million and $60 million."
If that's accurate, then these stats combined with impending restricted free agency are good enough to make one an $8 million-a-year player (on average) in the NHL. Some are celebrating the "face of the franchise" getting locked in. Can't say we disagree ... but for $8 million and change annually, another 100-point season in the next seven years sure would be dandy.
UPDATE: The final tally -- seven years, $57.75 million. Only four players made over $8.25 million last season.