Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Jordan Staal.


Entering into the draft Friday night, there was a lot of talk involving the Pittsburgh Penguins. The talk didn’t involve who they were going to select with the 22nd selection, which they selected defenseman Olli Maatta. It was about what they were going to do with center Jordan Staal.

Staal who a day earlier turned down a 10 year $58 million deal with the Penguins.
The sellout crowd in Consol Energy Center didn’t have to wait long to find out.

General Manager Ray Shero pulled off a great trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The trade involved Staal going to the Hurricanes to play with his brother Eric. In return the Penguins received the eighth overall pick in the draft, which they used to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot, center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brain Dumoulin.
Sutter, a great young talent, scored 17 goals and 32 points in 82 games last season. He can come in and fill in Staal’s spot on the third line.

Dumoulin just came off winning a NCAA championship with Boston College back in April. Dumoulin was also a Hobey Baker finalist, an award awarded to the top collegiate hockey player.

While the Penguins got a great return for Staal, more importantly this trade frees up a ton of cap space for the Penguins allowing them to go after some top names in free agency.

Maybe  Zach Praise to play along side Sidney Crosby?