This guy already has some injury problems, will he be able to perform at his highest level?
10 year is a long long long time.
None the less, he's still very young. Carolina isn't exactly a hot bed for free agents so this make economic sense
He was an iron man for the majority of his time with Pittsburgh. His injuries were rather fluky (getting top of his foot sliced open, hit with puck in practice). Injuries would be the least of my concerns as a Canes fan.
Originally Posted by 2MGoBlue2
Wow. Too much. That has to sting Pittsburgh as well.
Not really. He clearly wanted to play with his brother, not spend the rest of his career in Pittsburgh. Pens got a good return for him, so it works out for everybody.
From a life long Pens fan, Congrats to Jordan and the Canes. Jordan gets the money and more importantly the increased role he deserves, and the Canes get a great player to be a cornerstone for the next decade.
With Eric as the team franchise and captain, and now with his brother locked up there's no way he's going to leave in these next 10 years now.
So with out a doubt Eric will be signing in Carolina for less than his UFA market value come time to resign in 4 yrs, when he'll only be 31, and will probably take a discount deal for another 3-4 years.
And now you have 27 yr old Eric, and 23 yr old Jordan there for the long haul, now imagine how appealing that is to Marc, 25 yrs old, with three years left on his contract.
It's not too far fetched to think that maybe in Marc's last year of his contract in two years he'll also mention he doesn't plan on resigning in NYR and will want to sign long term in Carolina.
(ps Jared Staal is still property of the Carolina Hurricanes as well.)