- Associated Press - Sunday, July 1, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes have signed new center Jordan Staal to a 10-year contract extension.

The Hurricanes marked the start of the free agency period Sunday by announcing a long-term deal for the star player they acquired from Pittsburgh in a draft-day trade just over a week ago.

Staal will make $6 million per year under the deal, which begins with the 2013-14 season.

General manager Jim Rutherford says Staal _ the younger brother of team captain Eric Staal _ “represents a cornerstone of our franchise for the long term.”


The 23-year-old Staal had career highs with 25 assists and 50 points last season with the Penguins.