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Eric Staal at center of Canes' struggles

Updated: November 22, 2011, 9:17 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- No one has been asked more about the Carolina Hurricanes' woes more than Eric Staal.

And those queries are almost always bound up in questions about Staal's own struggles.

At his best, Staal is one of the game's most dynamic centers. Powerful and skilled, he was a natural pick as the man to succeed Hall of Famer Ron Francis and Rod Brind'Amour, the ultimate team leader in Raleigh, as Hurricane captain. Still, Staal is facing his biggest challenge as a captain. There ...

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