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Staal brothers now on the same path

Their orbits were mutually independent, but now Staals share the same sphere

Updated: November 22, 2013, 4:44 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Raleigh, N.C., -- The wooden Thomas the Train tracks and engines are scattered on the rug in the living room.

A hockey net, more than a little incongruous in this wooded neighborhood outside Raleigh, N.C., is parked at the end of the long, sloping driveway.

These are signs of life.

Young Parker Staal, all of 4 years old, still refuses to use both hands on his little hockey stick when he takes shots on his father, Eric, or when his uncle Jordan drops by.

When Eric Staal ...

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