PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t wait to negotiate a new contract with Jordan Staal, trading the center to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night for center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and Carolina’s first-round pick — the No. 8 selection.
The Penguins used that pick to take defenseman Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Pouliot played with Joe Morrow — whom the Penguins selected with their first pick in last year’s draft — in Portland.
The trade came one day after reports that Staal turned down a lengthy contract extension with the Penguins. The 23-year-old forward played six seasons with Pittsburgh, helping the franchise win the Stanley Cup in 2009. Staal will join brother Eric with the Hurricanes, who also have Jared Staal — currently in the American Hockey League.
“Jordan is an elite two-way player who possesses a rare combination of speed, size, scoring ability and defensive responsibility,” Carolina president and general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “For his young age, he has a wealth of NHL experience, including winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. And he is obviously a natural fit for our team in joining our captain, his older brother Eric.”
Rutherford said he met with Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero before the draft began in his office, and they completed the deal at 6:45 p.m. ET. Rutherford said he expects to begin contract negotiations with Staal early next month. Staal has one year left on his current deal.