Jordan Staal makes stop in Raleigh

July 27, 2012 2:38:32 PM PDT
It has been weeks since the Canes pulled off the mega trade that landed Jordan Staal in Raleigh, but the team introduced their new star publicly Friday.

Eric's little brother is in town house hunting with his new wife and stopped by PNC Arena to say hi and to try on his new gear for the cameras.

"It feels kind of weird. I look good in red," the new forward and alternate captain said.

Jordan spent a secret week in Raleigh with his brother, Eric, before the big trade was ever consummated. It's unknown whether they were scheming or just visiting, but either way, he is a Cane now and expected to become a superstar.

"The opportunity is here and obviously there is pressure. Hopefully I can have a big year and big career here," Jordan said.

Jordan said he wasn't sure how the brother dynamic would play out on the ice, but he does know what he does better than Eric.

"I'm obviously better looking," Jordan said.

Acquiring Jordan Staal was the first major move this offseason for the Canes, and Thursday's addition of Alexander Semin was the second. Before pulling the trigger on the mercurial star, Canes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford spoke to anyone and everyone, starting with Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau.

"You get different reviews from different people, but certainly the positives outweighed any people that had a negative experience with him," Rutherford said.

Rutherford even double-checked with his own players to make sure Semin's $7 million salary wouldn't ruffle any feathers. At the very least, the Canes won't have to face Semin for at least one year.

"He certainly hasn't been a friend of the Hurricanes as an opponent," Rutherford said. "He scored some key goals against us."

Will the new pieces help the Canes' chances this season? Vegas thinks so. The Canes have dropped from 55-1 Stanley Cup long shots down to 22:1.

"We really have to work hard now and catch up to where our payroll is," Rutherford said.

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