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Eric Staal Revitalized In Minnesota

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

“We’re winning a lot of games and I’m having fun,” Staal said in an interview this week. “The transition, no question, has gone well for me. We have a long way to go, half a season, but I’m on a good team that has had a good start and is in a great position. It’s fun to come to work.”

It wasn’t that way the past few seasons with the Hurricanes, even with a younger brother, Jordan, as a teammate. There weren’t as many wins as anyone wanted. The Canes couldn’t reach the Stanley Cup playoffs, adding to the frustration.

“There were things weighing on me,” Staal said. “I was the highest-paid player. I was the captain for a long time and to miss the playoffs year after year, it weighs on you.

“I genuinely did my best every single day to try and bring back the success we had earlier in my career. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen. It got difficult toward the end last season. It was the last year in my contract and …”

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