Posted June 25, 2012

Penguins trade Jordan Staal to Hurricanes for No. 8 pick, two others

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A day after reports surfaced that Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal rejected a 10-year, $60 million contract extension, general manager Ray Shero dealt Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will be reunited with his brother Eric.

In return, the Penguins received the No. 8 pick in Friday’s NHL draft (which they used on defenseman Derrick Pouilliot), center Brandon Sutter (son of Brent and nephew of many other Sutters) and defenseman prospect Brian Dumoulin.

Shero was cheered as he stepped to the podium at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center after the trade was announced. The initial reaction on Twitter is that it was an impressive haul for a player who appeared ready to bolt when he became an unrestricted free agent after next season.

This is a day that Staal — who is getting married tonight in Ontario — will remember for the rest of his life.