Stoll wants to live with the storm ‘as long as I can’

Henderson, Nev. , Jordan Steele Clarifying his stance on his future with the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, he said he was ready to sign a new contract with them.

The 34-year-old forward’s comments come more than three months after he said he would keep his current contract and not look for a new one.

Stolen has one season remaining on a 10-year, $60 million contract ($6 million annual average value) signed with Carolina on July 1, 2012.

“I want to be in the Hurricane organization for as long as I can, and I’m sure it’s an extension right now or they resupply me at the end of the year or if they’re done with me, it will happen.” “I want to be there,” Stahl said at the NHL North American Players Media Tour at Lifeguard Arena.

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Stoll, who is entering his 11th season with the Hurricanes and fourth as captain, said he has already discussed his contract with general manager Don Waddell and hopes to start the season. before they will be continued.

“We’ve had some conversations throughout the summer,” Stahl said. “I think we’ll see it here again very soon, and we’ll see what they think and want to do.”

It was a famous switch for Stahl, who said after Carolina’s 6–2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference second round on May 30, “I’m going to terminate this contract. Eleven years one.” It’s been a long time here, and it’s been special. I’m going to ride it next year and hopefully end with a bang and go from there.”

When asked on Friday if he had changed his mind, Stahl admitted, “I have changed a little bit.” However, he also said that his previous comments were influenced by his feelings and the surprise of him being asked about his contract soon after the season-end loss.

“When they asked me this question it was like three minutes after we lost. It was right after we lost to New York,” Stahl said. “My mindset was always when I started in Hurricane Land, I was just focused on getting through it and being relevant and really being a part of it and then see what happens. So when they asked me that , I was like, ‘I have one more year.’ I didn’t think much about it.”

Soon after, Stahl realized that he must have spoken wrong.

“I was really really carried away by this question at the time,” he said. “And after I remember [thinking], ‘Have I just screwed it up?’ Because it was a little torn. I didn’t even think much about it at that time. But right now my head is like this.”

The idea also comes to Stahl’s mind about how many years he has left, although he still believes he has “more to give”.

Playing a more defensive role as a center in the third row last season, Stahl had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 78 regular-season games and six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games. . ,

“It’s hard to say how many years you have left in the tank when you start creeping towards 35, and I’ve played [16] years already, but every summer you kind of refresh and you start the season, you get excited about it,” Stahl said. “That’s what I’ve been doing all my life. Am.

“So I’m kind of crawling. I’ll play until they get me out of here, but we’ll see.”

Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 2 pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, Stahl was traded by the Penguins to the Hurricanes on June 22, 2012, for the No. 8 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft (defenseman Derrick Poliot), center Brandon Sutter. and defenseman Brian Dumoulin, At that time, trade united him with his brother, Eric StahlAnd he played with Eric until Eric was traded to Rangers on February 28, 2016.

After missing the playoffs in Staal’s first six seasons, the Hurricanes have hired Rod Brind’amore as coach in each of the last four, finishing first in the Metropolitan Division with wins (54) and points (116). ) to set its own record. last season.

However, Carolina has failed to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2019, when it was swept by the Boston Bruins.

Stahl said he thought the Hurricanes could break through and win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2006, however, after he achieved defenseman brent burns Further in business with the San Jose Sharks Max PaciorettiJoe is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon from the Vegas Golden Knights on July 13.

“We have a lot of players coming back like that, players who have shown they can do it and push the envelope, and I thought we brought in some really good players as well,” Stahl said. “It’s going to make us even better. So you never know what’s going to happen, but I believe in our team that we can do some good things and keep pushing that Stanley Cup hunt.”

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