Jordan Staal learned of trade from Penguins to brother’s Hurricanes on wedding day
Jordan Staal, the 23-year-old selected second overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, was at his own wedding on June 22 when he found out he was being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes, where his brother, Eric, is the captain, according to a report from Kevin and Kasey Allen of USA Today:
“It was definitely tough news to hear,” Staal said. “But obviously I’m still very excited about it. With my teammates in the back corner, it got a little emotional, but they knew that a lot of good things could come out of this. It’s not too often just to have brothers in the NHL, but to play alongside one is a pretty special thing and I’m excited about where I ended up.”
Staal said that his agent approached him during his own wedding and told him that he had just been traded to the Hurricanes. He said that in retrospect, it all worked out for the best because he had his now-former teammates at the reception to celebrate and say goodbye.
“We talked about it for a bit,” Staal said. “Instead of just texting each other we could hang out and say our goodbyes.”
The Penguins decided to trade the No. 3 center, who had played behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, after he turned down a 10-year extension with the team. In return, the Penguins received Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a first round draft pick.