NHL notes: 'Canes, Staal talk turkey

The Penguins traded forward Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes in exchange for two prospects and a...

The Penguins traded forward Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes in exchange for two prospects and a draft pick at the NHL draft. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters)

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The Carolina Hurricanes have opened contract talks with forward Jordan Staal, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

The Hurricanes acquired Staal, who will become an unrestricted free agent after next season, from the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday after he reportedly turned down a 10-year, $60 million contract extension. Negotiations on a new deal are expected to go smoother with Carolina, the team his brother, Eric, captains.

"We had our initial conversation last night," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the News & Observer. "Basically it was, 'We made the trade, we know everybody is happy, now we need to start talking long-term.' That being agreed on, now the work begins."

Staal will be paid $4.5 million in the last year of his contract and will likely be expecting a significant bump from the Hurricanes. He had 25 goals and 25 assists, both career highs, in 62 games with the Pens last season.

AVS KEEP O'BRIEN

Rather than test free agency, defenceman Shane O'Brien has re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal Tuesday worth a reported $6 million.

"Having Shane under contract further solidifies our blueline," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "He brings energy to our lineup and we're pleased to have signed him to a multi-year deal."

O'Brien would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Avs are his fifth NHL team.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has 13 goals and 71 assists in 455 games with Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville and Colorado.

BRIEFLY

The Vancouver Canucks named Scott Arniel coach of their minor-league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Arniel went 45-60-18 with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being fired midway through the 2011-12 season ... Forward Ryan White signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The 24-year-old had three assists in 20 games during an injury-plagued season ... Restricted free agents Justin Braun, Andrew Desjardins and Tommy Wingels re-signed with the San Jose Sharks. Braun got a three-year deal, Wingels got two years and Desjardins got one year. The Sharks also announced the signing of defenceman Brad Stuart to a three-year contract, which was reported last week ... Unsigned Boston Bruins prospect Alex Khokhlachev, who played for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL last season, is returning to Russia for the 2012-13 season. Khokhlachev will play for Spartak Moscow of the KHL, where his father is the general manager ... Forward Wojtek Wolski, 26, will become an unrestricted free agent after not receiving a qualifying offer from the Florida Panthers. Restricted free agents Kris Versteeg, Dmitry Kulikov and Keaton Ellerby did get qualifying offers from the Panthers.


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