'Sheriff' Eric Staal is carrying the Wild to wins this season

The Wild have won every game this season when Staals scores a goal.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Center Eric Staal was given a sheriff's hat after his three-point game in the Minnesota Wild's 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Eric Staal explains why he's wearing that hat...and the @MNWild's signature 4-2 win over the Stanley Cup champs pic.twitter.com/ZnxfwpfF6K

— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) November 11, 2016

Staal told Fox Sports North that Wild players have started a new tradition of giving the sheriff's hat to the most deserving player following a win.

Although the hat will be passed around to other players throughout the year, Staal has been a big reason why the Wild are off to such a solid start.

Through 12 games, the 32-year-old is tied for the team lead in points with 11 (5 goals 6 assists) and he's registered at least one point in all but 4 games.

In the Wild's 7 wins this season, Staal has scored 5 goals in those contests. When the Wild have lost, Staal has put up just 2 points and has zero goals.

When Staal signed with Minnesota in July, there were questions about whether he had anything left in the tank after his point production started to significantly decline in the 2014-15 season.

However it appears there's still plenty left to his game and he's made everyone around him better. His six assists this season have gone to four different goal scorers, too.

With the Wild having many players signed to contracts that are bumping them up against the salary cap, Staal is making just $3.5 million this season –a bargain for the production he's given Minnesota this season.

Next Up

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.

Sars-Cov-2

What health officials know, don't know about Brazil P.1 variant

Minnesota health officials confirmed the first case of the P.1 variant in the U.S.

christopher and banks

Christopher & Banks closing stores for good, laying off 361 people at Plymouth facility

The layoffs began earlier this month and will continue through March.

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 8.56.43 AM

Tributes, donations after death of popular South High School teacher

The fundraiser had raised more than $9,000 of its $15,000 as of Tuesday.

Target headquarters

2 men plead guilty to arson at Target headquarters in Minneapolis

The two men were charged in the Aug. 26, 2020, arson that happened following false rumors about a police shooting.

State Capitol.

MN House votes to condemn insurrection and false election claims, 8 GOPers vote against

The resolution condemned violence at the U.S. and state capitols and declared support for 2020 election results.

Michelle Young

Teacher from Edina steals Matt James' heart on 'The Bachelor'

She's also a former high school and college basketball star.

Related

Watch: Staal's shorthanded goal extends the Wild's winning streak to 9 games

With the win the Wild are 20-8-4 which is the second-best record in the Western Conference.

Report: Eric Staal diagnosed with concussion after scary collision

Staal underwent testing at Regions Hospital where he was released later that evening.

3 ridiculous predictions heading into the Wild's season opener

What should we expect to see from the Wild this season? Definitely these three things.