With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.
Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.
On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.
Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...
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...
In an offseason of questions for the Pittsburgh Penguins, there is one thing that cannot be questioned, there will be changes made. The first move was made as the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the rights to Washington Capital goaltender Tomas Vokoun and quickly signed him to a two year deal worth $4-Million. The Penguins traded their 7th round draft pick in the 2012 NHL draft for the negotiation rights. His signing signals the end of three year backup Brent Johnson, who fell out of favor after a weak season.
This move was extremely surprising, especially to those in Pittsburgh who had expected AHL goaltender Brad Thiessen to make his way up to the NHL level as...
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 first round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers marked the second season in a row that the Pittsburgh Penguins have failed to make it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The problem with this season compared to last though, is it was lost with the team at full strength. This is an issue as this team was tearing the league up for most of the last two months. The Penguins now have a very long offseason with plenty to think about, including rumors that are now flying about their three center system.
Discussing the Staal Rumors – Now, thanks to many media outlets and well respected TSN analyst Bob McKenzie, there are rumors flying everywhere about Jo...