5 years ago

Jeff Skinner may be paired with Jordan Staal to start the compacted 2012-13 NHL schedule.

The Hurricanes want to begin the year with Jordan and Eric Staal on separate lines to spread out the depth with Tuomo Ruutu injured. Skinner and Jussi Jokinen normally play with Ruutu on the "Skins and Finns" line, but with him out of action because of hip surgery, Jordan Staal would fit in nicely to give the line back some size and a good offensive jolt.