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Carolina Hurricanes and Plymouth Whalers owner Peter Karmanos is threatening to relocate the latter.

Karmanos was citing lackluster attendance as the reason he might move the OHL Whalers. "The players want to play in a building that's full," Karmanos said. "When you put a quality team on the ice and you win every year and you're in the playoffs 23 straight years, sooner or later people have to start coming. (But) sooner or later, we have to do something." There's speculation that Hamilton and Flint would be the frontrunners if Karmanos decides to move the team.

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Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis hopes to hire a head coach before the NHL Entry Draft.

One of Francis' first acts as general manager was to fire former bench boss Kirk Muller. Francis didn't offer much insight into who is in the running for the coaching gig or what he wants from his next bench boss, beyond the obvious like an ability to hold players accountable and get his message across. However, Francis did suggest that he'd "ideally" like a coach that was able to identify lines he could stick with as oppose to someone who favors making frequent tweaks. "Sometimes that's not the way it works out, and it may be keeping two together and adding a third based on injuries or matchups," Francis said. "But you need that continuity on the ice."

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Eric Staal badly wants to make the playoffs, but he doesn't want to be traded.

"I've been here a long time. I love it here," he said. "I've had success here, and I know and believe that we can have it again and I can be a part of that. Hopefully we can continue to improve and get better and get back there." That being said, there's an off chance the Hurricanes would trade him anyways in an attempt to pull off a big shakeup. Staal had an off year by his standards with 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games.

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Eric Staal scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-5 shootout win over Philadelphia.

Staal ends the season with 21 goals and 61 points as he had six shots on goal Sunday. It was a fair season for Staal as much more was expected of him offensively, especially on the power play where he managed to score only once all season.

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The Carolina Hurricanes power play is ranked 28th overall and a big reason for that is Eric Staal who has scored only once this season.

Staal had six seasons of double digit power play goals before the 2011-12 season but this is his worst season to date. "Too often it was like we were trying to score the perfect goal on the power play when we needed some dirty goals," GM Jim Rutherford said. Staal has only 19 goals and 59 points this season, his worst since he was a rookie. Look for a bounce back season in 2014-15 as Staal is only 29.

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Eric Staal scored a goal in Carolina's 4-1 win on Tuesday.

Staal now has 18 goals and 57 points in 73 games this season. Barring an explosive finish to the season, Staal will finish shy of the 70-point mark in a full campaign for the first time since his rookie season.

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Don't be surprised if goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky returns to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

Bobrovsky missed Friday night's game because of the flu. He said he had never been as sick as he was earlier in the week but felt "pretty good" on the ice for a skate yesterday. Bobrovsky travel with the team to Carolina and will potentially play tonight against the Hurricanes. "We'll get up (today) and he's going to go and skate," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "And we'll make a decision then, whether he's playing or backing up."

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A longtime fixure as the center on the Hurricanes' top line, Eric Staal has been used at times on the wing in recent games with Andrei Loktionov at center.

Staal, 29, said he prefers to continue playing center. "It's not just that I'm more comfortable at center but I think I skate better," he said. "I think I'm around the puck more. I think for me to be at the top of my game, center ice is where I need to be. But. . .I can play both, depending on the situation and where we are in a game or where we are within a lineup. I can play the wing, too. Whatever can help us win, that's where I'm going to play. That's all I want to do."

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Eric Staal scored a goal for Carolina in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Jets.

Staal hasn't experienced the kind of year his fantasy owners expected when they drafted him in the pre-season, but he's doing his best to turn things around with three points in his last two games, although this marker was his first goal in 12 contests. Eric's younger brother, Jordan also scored for Carolina in the win, as did Riley Nash.

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Eric Staal recorded two assists in Carolina's 3-2 loss to Chicago on Friday.

That gives Staal 54 points in 67 games this season. It's been a bit of a disappointing season by his standards as he's in serious danger of finishing below the 70-point mark in an 82-game campaign for the first time since 2003-04.