Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/05/06 at 10:29 AM ET
Sometimes, Rod Brind'Amour said, he wonders who is the laidback veteran impervious to pressure, himself or his 21-year-old teammate Eric Staal. “He sits besides me and doesn't ask much,” the Carolina Hurricanes captain said on the eve of the Stanley Cup final. “Occasionally, I give him a couple little things that I see. But the kid doesn't need anything. I'm almost going to ask him for stuff. “You see how he plays and he just doesn't look like a first-timer in the playoffs, that's for sure. You know, I haven't honestly given him a word of advice at all. He's taking it all on himself.” After his coming-out in the regular season, with 45 goals and 100 points in his second NHL campaign, Staal did not falter in the playoffs as so many young players do. He kept going in the first two rounds, playing his way to the top of the playoff scoring race.continued
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