Jordan Staal Traded to Carolina Hurricanes…on His Wedding Day
Jordan Staal is no longer a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In a bombshell announcement made just moments after the Minnesota Wild selected Matt Dumba seventh overall, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the home crowd that Staal–who is not in attendance at the draft because he is getting married in his hometown–will become a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Yes, the team captained by his brother Eric.
Staal is part of a trade involving Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin, plus the eighth overall pick in 2012 that originally belonged to Carolina. The Penguins then used this pick to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot, who had a 59-point season with the Portland Winterhawks.
This could mean that the Penguins are interested in trying to pick up Zach Parise from the New Jersey Devils, but nothing is official on that front as of yet.
Staal might be too busy either getting married or partying it up to know of his move just yet, though the announcement caused a raucous uproar in the Consol Energy Center. Penguins GM Ray Shero said that he left Staal a message to inform him, so he may very well not be near his phone.
Interestingly, this move means that three of the four Staal brothers are in the same organization: youngest brother Jared tends to play more for the AHL Charlotte Checkers, but is part of the Carolina umbrella.
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