Low risk, high reward signing for the Wild, who are probably promising a lot of minutes for Staal. He disappointed with the Rangers, only recording six points while with them and disappearing in the playoffs. I think Staal's style of play has taken a toll on him, and he won't live up to this contract.

The Minnesota Wild have signed Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

Staal, who had been with the Carolina Hurricanes since being drafted second overall in 2003, was sent to the New York Rangers a day before the Trade Deadline for forward Aleksi Saarela and a pair of second-round draft picks. He waived his full no-move clause to allow the deal.

He scored 13 goals and 39 points in 83 combined games last season, including just six points in 20 contests with the Rangers. Staal was unable to record a point over five playoff games as the Rangers were soundly beat by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first-round.

The 31-year-old centre is coming off a seven-year, $57.750 million contract he signed with Carolina in 2009.

Staal, a native of Thunder Bay, sits second in goals, assists and points in Hurricanes’ franchise history, only behind Ron Francis. In 929 career games, Staal has scored 325 goals and amassed 781 points as well as 43 points in 48 postseason games.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and an Olympic gold medal at Vancouver 2010.