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June 27, 2012 | 10:36am ET
Staal and Canes begin talks
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According to the Raleigh News & Observer, the Carolina Hurricanes have opened contract talks with forward Jordan Staal.

The Canes acquired Staal, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, from the Pittsburgh Penguins during the Draft on Friday after he reportedly rejected a 10-year, $60 million contract extension.

Although details on a new deal remain unknown, negotiations on a new contract are likely to be more productive with the Hurricanes, the team his older brother, Eric, captains.

"We had our initial conversation last night," CAR GM 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 earn $4.5 million in the last year of his contract and will likely command a significant raise from his new club. His brother Eric still has four years left on his deal at an annual cap hit of $8.25 million.

Staal collected 25 goals and 25 assists, both career highs, in 62 games with the Pens this past season.

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