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Report: Jordan Staal has “legitimate” desire to play for Canes if Penguins can’t sign him

Jun 21, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

Jordan Staal, Eric Staal AP

The thought of Jordan Staal playing alongside his brother Eric has crossed plenty of peoples’ minds, particularly Carolina Hurricanes fans. With word surfacing that Staal rejected the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 10-year contract extension offer – which has been validated by Staal’s agent -one cannot help but wonder if Jordan considered the possibility himself.

Josh Yohe reports that the idea entices Jordan as well.

Everything I’m hearing is that Staal’s desire to play in Carolina – should a deal not be reached in Pittsburgh – is legitimate.


There’s been some talk that Jordan wants a bigger role on his given team than he’s likely to receive batting behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh. His brother Eric (and possibly Jeff Skinner) would almost certainly remain higher on the food chain in Carolina if a deal ever took place, but it’s easy to imagine Jordan getting a better chance to show off his skills with the Canes.

One way or another, this is a huge week for Jordan Staal, who’s about to get married.

  1. killerpgh - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Everyone keeps saying Jordan doesn’t want to be a 3rd line center. It not like he is playing typical 3rd line minutes. How many other 3rd line center play about 20 minutes a game? He is getting top 6 minutes per game. Just because he is listed as a 3rd line center behind 2 of the top 5 players in the world doesn’t mean he is getting treated like one. So I don’t buy ice time is one of the reasons he doesn’t want to stay a Penguin.

    • somekat - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      If you are teh best defensive forward on your team, 3rd line or not, you BETTER have 20 minutes ice time (probably only 13-14 even strength), not to mention he has no shot at the top PP line. It’s not just “ice time”, it is the quality of the time, and the situations he is put in.

      He is going to have more chances to show off his skills, and ability to lead a team, anywhere but Pittsburgh.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        he had that shot when both malkin and Crosby were injured in 2011 playoffs. He’s not a superstar first line center but simply a exceptional 2nd line center, and hands down the best 3rd line center. It wouldn’t make sense for any team to make him their first line center. Think mike Richards. Philly made him the man and he couldn’t deliver, kings made him a 2nd line center and boom a cup.

      • miketoasty - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        @sportsfreak13 He had 7 games, against a hot goalie to show off his stuff? If you think about it, that’s not really giving the guy a change. Maybe a full season at first or second line would be a much better showing. Even on the 3rd line he had one of the best seasons of his career.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        Grass is always greener. Not to mention he wasnt on the 3rd line for most of the year because crosby was out of action ALOT this last year. So that means he had his best year on the 2nd line which is where i think he is a perfect fit. He has the defensive responsiblity to shut down a big line while a good chance to contribute offensively without the pressure of being the man to do it.

      • somekat - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        “He has the defensive responsibility to shut down a big line while a good chance to contribute offensively without the pressure of being the man to do it”

        That looks like a pretty much perfect description of a 3rd line center to me.

        Sure he played a lot on the 2nd line last year, because Crosby was out. So his upside to get more quality ice time is “hopefully Crosby gets hurt again”? I’m not saying he is going to leave Pitt, I’m not saying he wants to. What I’m saying is, it’s understandable that he doesn’t want to stay around and play 3rd fiddle

  2. wethog66 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Forget that he doesn’t want to be a 3rd line guy in Pittsburgh, maybe he just wants to play with his brothers and thats it. Makes sense and I see nothing wrong with it.

  3. ironcity6pak - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I see nothing wrong with him wanting to play with his brother and maybe sometime he will, I just really hope as a pens fan that they can get a deal done so he stays in Pitt.

  4. kingfooj - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    shifting away from the why……..(hypothetically) what are the ‘canes gonna dish for him?

    • danaking - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      Good point. What does Carolina have Pittsburgh would want, if they’re talking about a deal this year?

      Pittsburgh has to roll the dice and keep him this year, then hope to sign him, even if that means risking losing him for free. They can’t get equivalent value for him, and he’s a core player on the team now. It’s not like they’re some out of contention team dealing at the deadline; this is a Cup contender, and, as a lot of players can attest, just because they’ve been to the Finals a few years ago, that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to go back. Teams pick up players like Staal to make their run at the Cup. They don’t get rid of them.

      They should consider playing him on Crosby’s wing once in a while to give him some quality offensive minutes.

      • danphipps01 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:52 AM

        He’d fit in phenomenally as a winger in a more offensively-oriented power forward kind of role. He’s got the size, the drive, the muscle, great hands… honestly, if they made him a permanent first-line winger, he’d be notching 70-80 points a season.

      • deeboy - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        Carolina has the #8 pick and two seconds this year. Also VERY deep in quality defensive prospects.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Winnipeg. Trade him to Winnipeg. We love 3rd liners and he’s the best one out there.

  6. broadstbully33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    pitt loses one more star and they are headed to kansas city hahahahaahahahahahaha pity

  7. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    while the franchise has players busy winning hart and art ross trophies, philthadelphia has a wanna be soup can sid making the cover to a video game. hahahahhahahaha keep on dreaming you philthy pens wannabes. soup can army owns philthy

    • somekat - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Are you talking about the team that dominated the “franchise that has players busy winning hard and art ross trophies”?

  8. broadstbully33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    im pretty sure pity lost to the best player in the world

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      Well i guess if were going by fans clicking a button and typing in a code for a video game cover then yea. If your going by players voting on the best player or sports writers associates then no. Wonder which carries more weight?

  9. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    im pretty sure claudia girioux isnt anywhere close to the best player in the world. take notes on who won 3 awards 2 days ago. philthy is trash and will always be trash. 1975

  10. kingfooj - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    STOP the pit/philly blabber NOW, this is a discussion about possibilities concerning staal. Not a gossip girl message board, cmon now.

  11. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    im talking about the team that embarrased philthy 10-3. soft ass team. keep on winning the covers on video games. the franchise has more important things to win like cups and scoring titles. 1975 was a long time ago

    • govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Yes, we know, 10-3… and lost the series. Funny how you keep forgetting that part.

      Now put the computer away and finish your juice box so you can take a nap with the other children.

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