Stahl wants to stay with hurricanes ‘as long as possible’

Henderson, Nevada. – Jordan Steel He clarified his position on the future of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, saying he is open to signing a new contract with them.

The 34-year-old’s comments come more than three months after he said he would terminate his current contract and not seek a new one.

Steal has one season remaining on a 10-year contract worth $60 million (average annual value of $6 million) signed with Carolina on July 1, 2012.

“I want to be in the Hurricanes for as long as possible, and I’m sure if that’s an extension now or they bring me back at the end of the year or if they’re done with me, it will,” Stahl said on the NHL North American Player Media Tour at Lifeguard Arena. “This is where I want to be.”

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Stahl, who is entering his eleventh season with the Hurricanes and fourth as captain, said he has already had discussions with general manager Don Waddell about his contract and expects to continue them before the start of the season.

“We had a few conversations all summer,” Stahl said. “I think we’ll get back to her soon here, and we’ll see what they think and what they want to do.”

It was a notable turnaround for Stahl, who said after the Carolinas lost 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the second round of the Eastern Conference on May 30, “I’m going out of this decade. Eleven is a long time here, and it was a special thing.” I’m going to do it next year, and I hope to finish with a big hit and go from there.”

When asked on Friday if he’s changed his mind, Stahl admitted, “I’ve kind of changed a little bit.” However, he also said his earlier comments were touched by his feelings and the surprise of being asked about his contract in the immediate aftermath of the season-ending loss.

“When they asked me that question, it was three minutes after we lost. It was right after New York lost,” Stahl said. “My mindset was always when I started Hurricane Earth, I was just focused on getting past it and being relevant and really being a part of it and then seeing what would happen. So when they asked me that, I was, ‘Another year.'” I didn’t think much of it.”

Stahl realized soon after that he might have misspoke.

“I was really left out of the question at the time,” he said. “And after I remember [thinking], “Did you just screw it up?” Because it’s kind of a little blast. I didn’t think much of it at the time. But that’s kind of where my head is now.”

What Stahl also had in mind was to think how many years were left, even though he still thought he had “more to give”.

Playing a defensive role as a third-line center last season, Stahl earned 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 78 regular season games and six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 Stanley Cup playoffs. .

“It’s hard to say when you start crawling about 35 years how long I’ve been in the tank, and I’ve played [16] “That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life,” Stahl said.

“So I’m kind of sneaking towards I’ll play until they kick me out of here, but we’ll see.”

Staal was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 2 pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, Staal was traded to Hurricanes by the Penguins on June 22, 2012, for the No. 8 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft (defenseman Derrick Pouliot), center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumoulin. At that time, trade united him with his brother, Eric StahlHe played with Eric until the latter traded with Rangers on February 28, 2016.

After missing the playoffs in Stahl’s first six seasons, the Hurricanes have qualified in each of the past four seasons since Rod Brendamore’s appointment as coach, including placing first in the Metropolitan Division and setting a record for wins (54) and points (116). Last season.

However, Carolina has failed to advance to the Eastern Conference Final since 2019, when the Boston Bruins swept them away.

Stahl said he believes the Hurricanes can break through and win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2006, though, after they got their hands on a defensive man Brent Burns In trade with San Jose Sharks and forward Max Prioritywho is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, of the Vegas Golden Knights on July 13.

“We have a lot of similar players who have come back, players who have shown their ability to do that, and I think we brought in some good players as well,” Stahl said. “It’s going to make us better. So you never know what’s going to happen, but I feel confident in our team that we can do some really good things and strive for the Stanley Cup.”

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