Hurricanes sign Jared Staal to 3-year entry-level contract, 1 day after deal with Phoenix

RALEIGH, N.C. – Jared Staal didn’t waste any time signing with his big brother’s team.

The Carolina Hurricanes signed Staal to a three-year entry-level contract Friday, one day after they acquired Eric Staal’s younger brother in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 19-year-old forward signed a two-way deal that will pay him US$500,000 at the NHL level next season and $525,000 in 2011-12 and 2012-13. He will make $50,000 at the AHL level in all three seasons.

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If the Hurricanes couldn’t sign Staal by June 1, he would have re-entered the draft.

Carolina obtained Staal from the Coyotes for a fifth-round pick in next month’s draft. All of his three older brothers play in the NHL, including Eric, a three-time all-star and the Hurricanes’ captain.