Hurricanes go 'Staal in' for return to playoffs

Updated: January 17, 2013, 3:00 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes aren't content to simply build for the future. This year, they're going Staal in.

This marks a big year for a small-market franchise that has made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes are looking to take a significant step forward in coach Kirk Muller's first complete season, and they spent some significant money during the offseason to help make that happen.

And no move -- not even the signing of Alexander ...

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