Staal back in the organization of the Wild
After a short stint with the Montreal Canadiens, veteran Eric Staal will return to professional hockey with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL).
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Minnesota Wild School General Manager Mike Murray announced Thursday that the Ontario center has signed a professional tryout with the AHL roster.
Staal has been without a contract since this summer, after helping the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final. He had scored two goals and amassed eight points in 21 playoff games.
The 37-year-old Staal has played no less than 1,293 NHL games, recording 1,034 points. During his first visit to Minnesota, between 2016 and 2020, he had notably had a season of 42 goals and 76 points.
Last week, Staal’s agent, Rick Curran, confirmed to Postmedia that his client wanted to represent the Maple Leaf at the next Olympic Games. This professional test will allow him to get back in shape.
Staal previously won gold with Canada at the Vancouver Games in 2010. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and a World Hockey Championship title in 2007, making him a member. of the “Triple Gold Club”.