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by Paul on 07/09/12 at 05:29 PM ET
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
So they didn’t land Zach Parise or Ryan Suter, and walked away from negotiations for Nash in the face of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ lofty demands. Staal, who enters his third full season as captain, is encouraged by the Hurricanes’ newfound ambition—as long as they’re not done.
“For me, just the fact that we’re even in the mix, that we threw offers out there to these elite guys, is exciting,” Staal said from Canada, where he’s avoiding the heat. “Sometimes you hear the same teams every year doing the same things. For us to be involved and make a pitch, it was big. We aren’t far off.
“We’ve got some very good pieces in place, and if we can add, like they’re saying, another elite forward, it will definitely put us in the mix among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. It’s exciting. I hope they’ll continue to push—and not just grab anybody, but the right person for our group.”
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