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Jordan Staal rejects Penguins’ 10-year extension offer

Jun 21, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Jordan Staal has rejected a 10-year contract extension offered by the Pittsburgh Penguins. On top of that, Staal isn’t interested in signing a new contract at this time.

If true, this is very troubling news for the Penguins as Staal is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2013.

We’ve been hearing trade rumors involving Staal for a while now, but this report will pour gasoline onto that fire. The Penguins will not want to risk losing Staal for nothing and, as a team that hopes to compete in 2012-13, dealing him over the summer might be preferable to looking into their options at the trade deadline.

Of course, there’s any number of potential suitors for Staal if he is traded, but most of them will be hesitant to break the bank for a guy that might turn into a one-year rental. An exception to that rule might be the Carolina Hurricanes, which already employs his older brother, Eric Staal. His younger brother, Jared, is also in the organization, but hasn’t made his NHL debut.

The other member of the Staal brothers, Marc, is of course playing for the New York Rangers, but Pittsburgh would probably balk at the prospect of trading Jordan to a division rival.

Of course, all this trade talk is just speculation, but you can expect to see a whole lot more of it in the near future if McKenzie’s report isn’t countered.

Update: Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has confirmed that Staal rejected a 10-year deal from the Penguins.

  1. crosberries - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Would of loved to have seen him play here for ten more years. Yet if you don’t want to play here there are plenty of players that do.

    • drunkbro - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Staal said no to the prestigious franchise, and the smart mouthed kid with 50 accounts is butthurt

  2. murraychadwick - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Wow, I’d be interested to see what the offer was worth. If this was a 10yr $60M offer and he rejected it, then I think it’s pretty safe to say he wants out of Pitt. If it was something like 10yr $40M then I can see why he rejected it.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Staal doesn’t want to be stuck on a 3rd line his entire career, with 3rd line wingers.

      • miketoasty - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        I think this is basically it. He wants out unless the Pens show interest in not resigning Crosby (Not going to happen), or some interest in trading Malkin pops up. He wants to be the number one or two guy, and he will by at latest the end of next off season. I wish him the best wherever he goes but I really don’t that team won’t have a flightless bird as their mascot.

      • jobotjones - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        I love Staal as much as the next guy but he can’t center first or second line with Crosby or Malkin in town.

        Not exactly a newsflash but it is what it is.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        I agree. It truly is unfortunate but I respect the fact that he wants to gets on a line with some top 6 wingers like he deserves – and the NHL better look out when he does, he could challenge for a few Selkes. I want him to stay but I can’t begrudge him the opportunity to play a bigger role with a team with one of his brothers.

        The Pens on the other hand would be smart to figure out exactly what he wants and then try to deal him somewhere so they can at least get pieces.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      i might be the only pens fan that says it out loud but man i would rather have staal for 10 years than crosby. crosby is one concussion away from sinking pittsburgh if they sign him to some ridiculous 10 yr offer like its been rumored. i would rather have a malkin staal 1 -2 than a questionable crosby. i dont blame staal however, he proved this year he is worth more money than the pens are probably able to afford….it was only a matter of time before this happened.

  3. elemeno89 - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    can see buffalo making a run at this. if they can convince him to sign, im sure the pens would love the picks, prospects, and players that buffalo has available to trade staal over.

    • obamablowz - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Buffalo….hahahahahahahah! If he didn’t want to extend in Pittsburgh, why the hell would he go to Buffalo??!!

      • miketoasty - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        To be the number one guy. I also don’t think this would happen, but I feel he would be more likely to center a line with Vanek and Roy than to center a line with Kennedy and Cooke.

      • rabidbillsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

        Well, considering the Pens watched the Stanley cup be awarded at home just like Buffalo did, I don’t really see the joke. He would be our Top-line guy, he is a better defensive forward than any center on our team. BTW, it wouldn’t be Roy, it would be Pommer, I could see a 1st, a prospect and Roy for Staal. Staal could be a potential face of the franchise with Miller. I’m sorry, but there really isn’t much of a diffrence between Pitt. and Buffalo as far as landscape. Buffalo also now has a state of the art locker room and training facility and an owner whose not afraid to throw his wallet around. This is a more realistic destination than many think. If Buffalo is intrested, it could come down to Carolina and Buffalo.

      • kitshky - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        @obamabloz … bringing your usual intelligent dialogue to the discussion as always I see.

      • elemeno89 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        Well I’ll look at it like this. Jordan Staal is a very good player. Hs talents are better suited on a first or second line. Buffalo is in great need of a legitimate no 1 center and with the abundant wingers and prospects they have available not to mention draft picks in tonight’s draft, they could make a convincing offer to bring him in. Cap space is not too much of an issue yet, and with their current no. 1 guy in Roy (who isn’t ally a number one center), packaging him up in a trade offer could fill their hole at no. 3 without causing too much cap damage.

        Tis most likely won’t happen, but given the situation both teams are in it makes sense t package Roy in with prospects and draft picks t assure a solid no. 1 guy to come in and fill a hole the sabers desperately need.

        One can’t help but speculate with this information.

    • obamablowz - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      @kitshky….taking time to notice me once again I see.

  4. cgspens - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Staal is a great player and could be a #1 or 2 center on other teams. Just because he wants to leave the Pens and get a chance to shine on another team, good for him. Our team has cast their lot wth Geno and Sid and that’s good but one good hit and we’re down to one center. Need to be very carefull what we do in how we deal with Staal and what we get for him in return. We thrive on adversity and have the past few years let’s just be smart, we have been smart in the past and let’s just get a good all around player in return for him. Ray just do what you need to do to beat Philly.

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    So, he’ll be firing his agent tomorrow?

  6. murraychadwick - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Why the thumbs down on my comment? Doesn’t it make sense?

  7. sportsfreak13 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Can anyone really blame him for turning down a 10 year deal when the new cba hasn’t been passed yet and no one knows what the cap will be. No need to panic pens fans, this is just part of the process.

  8. rushledger - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    No need to panic in Pittsburgh yet he can’t even legally sign a new deal yet still an entire year to get something done Ryan Suter is the guy you wanna look at if you wanna talk about free agency.

  9. sergeikremlin - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I don’t blame him. He has already won a Stanley Cup with the group, was their best playoff performer this past, and likely doesn’t want to be penciled in as a third line center until he is 35 years old.

    He has a lot more to give and it’s up to the Penguins to choose which centers they are keeping. Looks like they are trying to get cheeky with the cap. I’d personally like to see a 5-7 year cap on term for contracts in the new CBA.

    • claysbar - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      I agree with you on limits for players but only after a certain age. At 23 and a ten year contract, hell, he’s be a UFA in his prime. But signing guys to ten year deals when they are 30 + is pretty ridiculous.

    • barkar942 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      I think that teams should only be able to sign a player at max 5 year contracts and they can only be signed long term until they hit the age of 35 during the course of that season. Then, all players from that point on only can sign one year deals. This ends all of the BS of these over 35 contract penalties ( see Pronger, Etc.) .
      There should also be larger penalties for the teams that hand out these long term deals who want to ditch a player to the minors (see Redden, Souray, etc.).

  10. dawglb - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Wow! Good for him. Ballsy move. Apparently, he has another city in mind….

    • miketoasty - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Or as someone else said, it may be somewhat of a low ball offer. If he was only offered 30 or 40 million for those ten years of course he is not going to take it. Now if it was for 60 or 70 million then he is definitely on his way out.

  11. theskiresort - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    @obamablowz is just a buffalo hater… all yur lame posts just bash buffalo

  12. Stiller43 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I love staal, and wont fault him for not wanting to be a 3rd line center for the bulk of his career. I hope he stays in the burgh but if he doesnt, i wish him success wherever he goes (hopefully to the west).

  13. t16rich - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I never thought I would say this…. NHL, take note from the NBA. And make 5 years the maximum length contract.

  14. nordak20 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    No way Pitt trades Staal to Buffalo for just Roy, prospect and first. It probably would take Foligno, McNabb and a first for Pitt to consider. Plus I’d hate to give up Foligno and McNabb for a one year rental player to play for a team that is not going to contend for the cup this year (at least on just that move alone). No way Pittsburgh in their right mind would want Roy.

  15. jpelle82 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Ryan: “but Pittsburgh would probably bulk at the prospect of trading Jordan to a division rival.” i think you were looking for “balk” not “bulk”.

  16. bihler7 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Staal is my favorite player, and obviously this kinda sucks but I will still wait to see what he has to say after he gets back form his honeymoon and after he sees what kind of money they give Sid. I also think that he needs to talk with Ray about where he can play as I have said before I would like him to be second line center and move Geno to the wing.

    For all the trade talk and saying that this team has this many draft picks or this many young prospects think just for a second. The Pens are a cup contending team right now this upcoming season, why would they trade a NHL level talent that can help them win a cup this year for young talent and picks that won’t be in the league for years? If they are going to trade him, they are going to trade him for current NHL players that can help the team right now.

  17. bcisleman - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Be surprised if CAR doesn’t at least make an offer including their #8 pick and prospects including perhaps Ryan Murphy. Since no one will want to give up serious assets for a rental pick, my bet is that Staal wants to go to CAR & will.

  18. omcdurham - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    If the Pens offered Staal a 10 year deal, they must think Crosby is not a long term option. Nobody offers a true 3rd line center a 10 year deal if they think he is a 1 or 2 guy. And we all know about Crosby’s soft head!

  19. ballsohardu - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Because buffalo is one of the best hockey cities in the united states. Im from pittsburgh and we didnt care much about the pens til malkin and geno came around

    Buffalo had better tv ratings for hockey than detroit and pittsburgh

    Hockey means more to them up there. Pittsburgh is a football town. And used to be a baseball town. If the pirates were ever relevant again the pens would be the outcast of pittsburgh sports

  20. wenzel0232 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I think there is a song out there about this.

    Goodbye Pittsburgh, Hello Carolina.

    Take note, in a year or two the Team will be renamed the Carolina Staalicanes.

    Thank The Red Wings and the Rangers, but you simply just can’t afford all 3 and J. Staal wants AND deserves more.

    He’s got his cup, now he wants his spotlight. Can you blame him?

  21. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    staal doesnt say no to the franchise… the franchise says no to staal. if they want him he will be back. if not, the franchise will move forward and plug another peice of he franchise puzzle in his place.

  22. niubears - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Sure would look good skating with the Blackhawks, but that’s definitely not gonna happen

  23. cleverbob - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    10 years in Pittsburgh is a prison sentence, not a contract.

    I kid, I kid.

  24. timmah007 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Jordan just got married didn’t he? It’s not that he wants outta pittsburg it’s that he’s ready to settle down and wants to be closer to his family my guess anyway do t be overly surprised Marc doesn’t do the same in a few years. Jordan has his ring and isn’t dumb wait for ufa and Carolina will give him roughly same deal as Pittsburg offered maybe more. Believed to be 10 years at 50 million. Reasonable price for a high end second line center which is what he truly is. Don’t over evaluate him and think he’s a number one guy because he’s not on a cup contending team which Carolina will be again when he signs there. Right now what’s the point for Carolina to push for a deal? Wait a year and don’t have to give anything to get also Jordan isn’t requesting a move he seems happy playing with the pens to finish his deal and make a serous run next year.

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