Staal signs seven-year extension with Carolina

Updated: September 11, 2008, 6:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As they try to return to the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes have locked up one of their young stars for the long haul.

Center Eric Staal's new deal signed Thursday is worth $57.75 million, will pay him an average of $8.25 million starting in 2009-10 and will last through 2015-16.

The 23-year-old, two-time All-Star and MVP of last year's All-Star Game has been discussing the new deal with team officials ...

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