RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As the Carolina Hurricanes moved closer and closer to playoff elimination, Jordan Staal knew what could come next.
And it did.
His brother, Eric, the face of the franchise, the team’s captain and highest paid player was traded to the New York Rangers ending the brothers four-year run together.
“Yeah, obviously I’d rather have him here,” Jordan Staal admitted. “But like you said it is a business.”
Does Jordan Staal still want to be a Hurricane with his brother now not a part of the organization?
It’s a question Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis will have to address and it’s a decision Staal was not willing to commit to a week ago when asked about it.
In the meantime, Francis will give his star power forward some time to think about it.
“Certainly that’s one of the reason’s we’re letting him get away from the season,” explained Francis. “We’ll see where we’re at and then when we have our exit interview that’s one thing that we will discuss no question.”
The Hurricanes hope Staal wants to stay.
Healthy and hungry, Staal had his best season yet with the Hurricanes, playing all 82 games while centering the team’s most dangerous line.
The Canes need Staal, but is ready to move forward in Raleigh without his brother?
“It is what it is,” lamented the 27-year-old center. “Obviously I played out the season and still felt very comfortable here and it was fun playing alongside these guys and we’ll see where it takes us from here.”
There is always the possibility that Eric Staal could resign with Carolina reuniting the brothers.
It’s more likely Jordan Staal will have to decide if he wants to stay with the Hurricanes, playing on without his brother.