Eric Staal signed a professional trial contract with the Iowa branch of Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League on Thursday.
The 37-year-old last played in the NHL last season for Montreal Canadiens after being acquired in a deal with the Buffalo Sabers on March 26. Staal played 311 games in four seasons with Wild (2016-20) and has a record of 1,034 points (441 goals, 593 assists) in 1,293 games over 17 seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Wild Sabers, and Canadians after being selected by the Carolinas with selection No. 2 in the 2003 NHL Draft.
Stahl scored his NHL highs in goals (45), assists (55) and points (100) with the Hurricanes in 2005-06. He was fourth in the vote for the Hart Cup, awarded to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, and led the Stanley Cup playoffs with 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 25 games to help the Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup.
Stahl led the Hurricanes in scoring eight times from 2005-06 through 2014-15. His record of 349 consecutive games played between March 20, 2004 and November 1, 2009 is a Carolina/Hartford Wheelers record. He replaced Rod Brendamor as Hurricanes captain on January 20, 2010 and held the position until being traded to Rangers on February 28, 2016.
Staal helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and finish first at the 2007 IIHF World Championships.