Eric Staal: Back from the Dead
Standard Spin: A collective wake-up seems to be happening across the NHL. The Christmas break has passed, and players who have been dogging it until now are playing like their seasons are on the line. Case in point: Eric Staal, who recorded 3 more points on Friday and suddenly has 8 points (3G, 5A) in his last 4 games.
Eric Staal is a gamer and he is currently enjoying his biggest offensive outburst of the season. He has been streaky all year, collecting points in bunches before freezing up like a Popsicle Pete, but there is as much likelihood that he will return to his statistical norm over the remainder of the season, as there is that he will shut it down again. We would roll the dice on acquiring him if he was available.
Of note: Tomas Vanek collected his 19th goal of the year in the game and now has 40 points in 40 games on the season. (Jan.7)