It’s not every day you see even two brothers on the same professional sports team, but on Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes weren’t satisfied with having only two members of the Staal family locked up to contracts for 2013-2014.
Carolina announced the signing of Jared Staal, and he will be a member of the Hurricanes on a 1-year, $550,000 contract. Jared, the younger brother of Jordan and Eric Staal, made an appearance last season for the Hurricanes, but it was only in limited action.
According to the Associated Press, Staal’s signing means that, again, the Hurricanes will have only the 4th set of brother trios in the history of the NHL. Jared could, if he doesn’t succeed, fail to make the NHL roster at some point during the season, but he now has a guaranteed $60,000 minor league contract to fall back on should that be the case.
Staal may not even reach the on-ice level of his two older brothers, but there is considerable talent there and, at age 22, he could develop in a big way from the player who failed to generate a point in two games last year. Either way, the Staal brothers have a unique legacy, and their presence alone makes the Carolina Hurricanes more fun to watch and cover.