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The Carolina Hurricanes Look Good On Paper

 

Canes fans should be excited as momentum is building in Carolina for the first time since 2006. The Canes were awesome that year and had a team full of talent that kept the fans on the edge of their seats all season in route to a NHL championship.

The Hurricanes appear to be headed down the same path in the 2012 – 2013 season as the rebuild process is starting to look like Jim Rutherford has rekindled his magic touch. JR appears to have succumbed to the pressures of finishing last in the division last year and has been wheeling and dealing to put a better product on the ice for the upcoming season.

For the fans, it is just in time as patience was wearing thi...

Alex Semin is gone; what now for the Washington Capitals?

With a one-year deal worth $7 million, Alex Semin is headed to Raleigh to frustrate the living bejesus out of Carolina Hurricanes fans join Jordan Staal as part of a new-look offense for the Carolina Hurricanes.

It's a good deal for both parties. Semin, by hook (not the two-minute variety, with which Semin is very familiar) or crook gets his money and the team is only on the hook for one year. Not a bad deal for a boom-or-bust guy like Semin, even if he is coming off a bust season.

Now just where does that leave the Capitals?

They're not exactly up a creek with no paddle because it was pretty clear that Semin wanted to leave from season's end...

No One Is Jordan Staal; Brandon Sutter Must Replace His Role For Pittsburgh

 

It was a landmark trade that shipped one star center in Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a draft pick, prospect, and new third line center Brandon Sutter. 

Sutter was the key piece to this deal as Pittsburgh needed another center to replace Staal’s role.  Unfortunately, many fans are looking at this as if Sutter will be replacing Staal. But, that's just not possible.

Jordan Staal played 431 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins tallying a total of 120 goals (.28PPG) and 128 assists. His 13 shorthanded goals in his career make him one of the strongest and deadliest penalty killers in the game. 

Brandon Sutter has 28...

A Closer Look At The Staal Trade

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...

Changes Were Made; Changes Of A Serious Degree

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...

Reunited in Carolina; Jordan Staal traded to Hurricanes to join brother Eric

 

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...

If Staal is available, Leafs must pounce

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.

Bad news.

So, who’s available in the trade market? Well, none other than the oft-rumoured Jordan Staal, of course.

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Malkin-g A Big Impression

 

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...

Jagr, Flyers erase early deficit to beat Penguins

Though Pittsburgh fans treat every Flyer with a nice chorus of boos, none received a worse ovation than Jaromir Jagr did in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Penguins.

And if he didn't have many friends to begin with in the Steel City, he made sure to leave with fewer. It was Jagr's second period goal - and a salute to cap it off - that gave the Flyers their lead.

With the score knotted at one-apiece, Jagr found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead with under 14 minutes left in the second.

But the star of the night for the Flyers was in net. Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 4-0 in his career in Pittsburgh, making one huge save after another.

Atlantic Division Holiday Wishes: Pittsburgh Penguins

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In this 5 part series, Brian Bock informs you about the Holiday Wishes of the teams in the Atlantic Division. Next team up, the Pittsburgh Penguins.