Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that contract talks have begun for newly acquired forward Jordan Staal, who was dealt to Carolina on Friday by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Staal, the brother of Canes captain Eric Staal, is represented by Paul Krepelka of the Orr Hockey Group.

"We had our initial conversation last night," Rutherford said. "Basically it was, 'We made the trade, we know everybody is happy, now we need to start talking long-term.' That being agreed on, now the work begins."