Panthers adding Marc and Eric Staal

Posted: 14/07/2022 in NHL
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Two of the Staal brothers are heading to South Florida.

The Panthers signed defenseman Marc Staal to a one-year, $750,000 contract, the team announced.

Forward Eric Staal will join the club on a professional tryout, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Marc spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings following a 13-year stint with the New York Rangers. He recorded 16 points in 71 games in 2021-22 while averaging 17:25 of ice time per contest. The 35-year-old isn’t the top-four, shutdown blue-liner he used to be, but he still brings size (6-foot-4, 213 pounds) and physicality (94 hits).

Eric did not play in the NHL last season. The 37-year-old played four games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild, racking up five points in four games. He also captained Canada’s Olympic team, recording four points in five games.

The former Carolina Hurricanes captain registered five goals and eight assists in 53 games split between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens during his last NHL season in 2020-21.

If Eric makes the team, it’ll mark the second time in his NHL career he’s been teammates with Marc. The two played together briefly with the Rangers in 2015-16.

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