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Eric Staal Still Believes in the Florida Panthers



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Florida Panthers center Eric Staal hands off a stick to a young fan after being named one of the stars of his team’s win over the Canucks on Jan. 14. in Sunrise. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

SUNRISE — When Eric Staal signed with the Florida Panthers this summer, his ultimate goal was to win his second Stanley Cup.

Despite the ebbs and flows of a season which has them pinned in a rough spot, Staal’s faith has not wavered.

“It is high,” Staal said of his confidence level on this team. ”I’ve believed in this team right from the summer.

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”Obviously, it’s been difficult at times throughout the year with a lot of different circumstances and reasons why but we are where we are at this point and now it’s about having a big push for the rest of the way.”

Florida sat four points out of a wild card spot when trade deadline day hit and general manager Bill Zito admitted he listened to trade offers on veterans — at least to an extent.

He did not receive a good enough offer to feel comfortable giving up on his team just yet.

That includes Eric Staal.

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