Florida Panthers Sign Staal Brothers

Florida Panthers Signings

The latest Florida Panthers signings have the team agreeing to terms with Marc Staal on a one-year contract, $750,000 contract. They also signed center Eric Staal to a professional tryout as well.

Florida Panthers Sign Staal Brothers

This is the second time that the Staal brothers have been on the same NHL team. Back in 2016, both were members of the New York Rangers.

Marc Staal was drafted by the Rangers with the 12th pick in the 206 NHL draft. He spent the first 13 years of his career with the Broadway Blueshirts. In 2020 Staal was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he played the past two seasons. The 35-year-old played in his 1,000 NHL game last season.

Eric Staal was the third overall pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2003 NHL Draft. He has scored 1,034 points over his 17-year career. Eric last played in the 2021 season where he helped the surprising Montreal Canadiens make their run to the Stanley Cup Final. While he did not play in the NHL last season, he did suit up for and captain Team Canada at the Olympic Games. Eric has played for the Hurricanes, Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres and the Canadiens. He won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.

What This Means Going Forward

The Florida Panthers are taking very little risk in these signings. If the Staals work out, they are bargains, if they don’t the Panthers can easily move on. The Staals bring a wealth of experience to the Panthers who are looking to get over the hump so to speak. The 2021-22 Presidents Trophy winners flamed out in the playoffs, being swept by state rivals Tampa Bay in the second round. The talent is clearly there with the Panthers, now it’s about figuring out how to win. The Staal’s can help impart some of that wisdom to the youthful Panthers.