Eric Staal would fit in for one year on the Chicago Blackhawks in many different ways.
Eric Stall went from being a player that spent the first 12 years of his career with one team to being a journeyman later in his career. After those great days with the Carolina Hurricanes, he had stints with the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, and Montreal Canadiens. He was there for Montreal’s run to the Stanley Cup last spring/summer.
In a lot of the same ways as Zajac, Staal would be great for the Hawks. He could play many different roles on this team. If he was the fourth-line center, he would do great in that job. The offense might dry up a bit more than it already has but that is okay at this point in his career.
You always know you have a chance to get some kind of offense out of him just based on his resume. He has 441 goals and 593 assists for 1034 career points in 1239 games played. With a Stanley Cup on his resume, he might get some consideration for the Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang them up.
Staal didn’t have much success in Buffalo last year but nobody did. Even studs like Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall didn’t have the best seasons when they were healthy. If Staal came to Chicago, he would fit right in.