There was a lot going on Friday night and Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins hosted the draft, they made the trade of the draft, and they selected twice on Friday. It was an extremely busy day, so it now finally sinks in that the Penguins really made a few huge moves on Friday.
On Staal – The 6’4 225lb center who was drafted second overall in 2006 was one of, if not the most, underrated center in the NHL. Staal has only truly played with top six talent once in his career consistently and he scored 29 goals.
Over the past two seasons he was on pace for over 60 points and 30 goals. Staal is one of the best penalty killers in the l...
It was early May when the rumors started to flow; the talk of Jordan Staal being traded and Pittsburgh making a major move or two. Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma said changes will be made and they weren't kidding.
Just before the 2012 NHL Draft got underway; the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Jordan Staal to Carolina. In return, they received Brandon Sutter, prospect Brian Dumoulin, and the 8th overall pick in the draft that became Derrick Pouliot. Overall, the value sent to both teams can be considered very fair, but Pittsburgh was not done dealing.
It was just a few hours later when the Penguins selected another defenseman in the 2012 draft, at number...
Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little and in the Carolina Hurricanes case, they had to give up a lot to get what they wanted.
Carolina fans are excited that Jordan Staal will be re-united with his brother Eric to help anchor the Hurricanes through the next few years. Talks began as soon as Jordan turned down a 10-year contract extension on Thursday.
Pittsburgh had to figure that Jordan was waiting for his contract to end so he could sign with Carolina so they were proactive and decided to get something in return.
The Penguins were fortunate enough to add some firepower to their roster by getting the number eight pick from Carolina (they chose D...
General manager Brian Burke has limited options to bolster the Toronto Maple Leafs’ center position.
Much like goaltending, which is another priority this off-season, the market is bare. If Burke wishes to ensure better odds for a playoff berth next season, the goaltending and center positions will have to be addressed.
How exactly that can be accomplished remains to be seen.
This year’s unrestricted free agency crop lacks depth across the board, but particularly so at center, with Olli Jokinen being the top among the list.
So, who’s available in the trade market? Well, none other than the oft-rumoured Jordan Staal, of course.
The NHL.com-esk headline is only deserving for the Pens as their highlights dominated the webpage this weekend. After a few back and forth games that featured tw big divisional wins and pathetic loss, the Pens put together two dominant home performances.
In two games this weekend the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to put up 12 goals and allowed just three. Evgeni Malkin, the league’s leading point scorer, had 4 goals and an assist in the two games, giving him 78 points on the season. The stats, while impressive, do not tell the entire story.
Heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos and Malk...
In many ways the Pittsburgh Penguins can be considered a star studded cast. Teams such as Chicago, Philly, Washington, and Detroit boast a lineup of great talent. These teams are winners for one reason though, depth. Depth is what wins championships, depth is what every team needs, and this season the Pens so called depth players are rising into stardom.
For many years they have been lucky to have a third line center that was offensively respected and defensively feared in Jordan Staal. His play over the years has earned him a selke nomination, league wide respect for one of the best penalty killers, and mostly a Stanley Cup, but now ...