On Saturday, the Hurricanes locked down Eric Staal for three seasons with one of those escalating salaries I complained about all summer last year. In 2006-07, he will earn $4M, followed by $4.5M in 07-08 and $5M in 08-09. They also re-signed defenseman Mike Commodore to a two year deal worth $2.5M. Late Friday, Nic Wallin was retained with a four year deal.
During the regular season, Staal led the team in points (100) and goals (45), and was tied for first on the team with 55 assists. During the postseason, Staal led the entire league in points (28), assists (19) and power play goals (7).
This puts to rest the rumors that he wasn't going to sign. I don't think there were any "real" rumors. Just ones that people were trying to start on the Canes boards.
One of these days in the near future, I'll compile a chart outlining Carolina's salary commitments. Although we don't have any 6 million dollar men, the 3 million dollar men are really starting to pile up. Erik Cole remains to be signed, and I'm guessing he'll be in the neighborhood of $3M.
Mike Commodore was signed to a two year deal worth $2.5M.
Also, on Friday, another rumor was put to rest with the re-signing of defenseman Niclas Wallin. The talk around the water cooler was that he was going to go back to his native Sweden. However, the Canes signed him to a four-year deal at $1.75M per season.
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