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Report: Shero “livid” with Staal for rejecting 10-year contract

Jun 22, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

Jordan Staal, Eric Staal AP

Maybe Ray Shero thought he’d knock Jordan Staal’s socks off with a 10-year contract offer, because according to Sportsnet’s Louis Jean, the Penguins’ GM was livid when the offer was rejected.

It’s believed the 10-year deal was worth in the neighborhood of $60 million. However, it’s also believed Staal doesn’t want to spend his entire career as the third center behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Staal scored 25 goals in 62 games this season, and he did it playing just 1:59 per game on the power play. In contrast, Malkin averaged 4:21 and Crosby 3:52.

It’s not likely Pittsburgh will significantly up its offer, in which case Staal could be on the trade market. The 23-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

One potential problem for Shero, should he wish to deal Staal — according to Michael Russo of the StarTribune, Staal won’t sign an extension with any team he’s traded to, save for possibly Carolina where his brother, Eric, plays.

  1. pistolpete31 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    That’s a clown typo, bro.

  2. danaking - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Funny. None of this has appeared in the blog of Pens beat writer (and Hall of Famer) Dave Molinari, which he has already updated several times today.

    I’ll wait and see.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Russo is a great source and very trust worthy.

      Just a fans opinion here in MN

  3. miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    If staal did in fact turn down this deal I could see him being dealt sometime tonight or tomorrow during the draft. He obviously doesn’t want to play in Pittsburgh anymore.

    • stakex - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Can you really blame him though? He has the ability to be a top line center, and hes stuck playing 3rd fiddle behind Crosby and Malkin.

      With that said, the situation might not be too much different in Carolina. The only difference is he would be playing with his brother.

    • miketoasty - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Just wanted to say I completely called this.

  4. sknut - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I guess he is only livid because the fact that he allegedly wants to play with his bro it kills trade leverage for the Penguins. They are in a tight spot because no one is going to trade for him when he is going to walk next year.

    • miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      It really only leaves Carolina. Which is a strong possibility. Things are going to get interesting this season if a deal doesn’t get done over the summer though.

      • chip56 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        Not necessarily. His other brother Marc plays for the Rangers who have assets to trade and could use some help at center.

      • miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Chip56: That is true but I think the Pens would rather let Staal walk than trade him to a divisional rival.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Carolina just hit a grand slam and didn’t have to do anything…. I still think more teams would be able to convince Staal to sign a deal if they show him the #1 center or #2 job with wingers that are able to score. No doubt in my mind Staal wants to be a leader and not live in the shadows of the two best centermen in the league…… (no knock on Stamkos) BEAST!

  5. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Trouble in ‘The Franchise’? You mean they’re not the perfection-personified team that I keep getting told they are by the voluminous ‘Soup Can Army’? Now I don’t know WHAT to believe anymore.

    • miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Well actually they have so much star power that stars don’t want to play behind stars and so are leaving to be number one stars. No trouble what so ever and is actually a great situation to be in.

      • dangle13x - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Pens fans are so classic. Good luck hinging your future on Crosby’s melon, seems to be promising.

      • miketoasty - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        @dangle13x Well it was somewhat of a sarcastic comment, but if you really want to start the future does seem promising. We have a good group of defensemen waiting to be called up to go along the likes of Orpik and Letang. We have two of the best centers in the league with Malkin and Crosby. One of the best power forward wingers in Neal. Also, if things go as planned we could possibly be adding Parise (Supposedly a good friend with Crosby) to actually give Crosby a decent winger (Something he has never played with in Pittsburgh besides Hossa for a quarter of a season (Went to the SC finals that year)) or Sutter or both. Either addition adds star power to a team dripping with it. I don’t know who you root for but I doubt they can boast the star power the Pens CURRENTLY have.

        Finally, I would rather hang my future on Crosby’s melon than on any other player in the league. He is healthy and I think the series against the Flyers proved that (He had a good series despite the defense and goalie completely crapping the bed).

  6. buddysguys - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    if i was shero i would trade him out west, as far away from his Big Bro as possible…even if for only a year…make his life as uncomfortable as possible….little baby”i wana play with my brother, im home sick waaahahhhhaha”

  7. ballsohardu - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Wow. Pens are screwed

  8. broadstbully33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    wahhh wahh surprise surprise crying in pity….don’t we get enough of that from cindy now the gm has to cry too. sad sad franchise. just move to kansas city already there is only one team worthy of PA….

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      a team that hasnt won a national championship in 37 years is the only team worthy of PA?

      • govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        God, you all aren’t honestly going to do this on yet another article, are you? Really?

        We get it. Pittsburgh and Philly hate each other.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        You have to do something during the offseason to pass time and we all know you cant engage in a intellectual conversation with flyer fans so why not banter. If you dont like it, dont read it and thumb it down. Or get your panty’s in knot your call.

    • bigtastegeno - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM


    • cgspens - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      If that happened the only team worthy would be Scranton and that’s a complement to the Flyers.

  9. jmebro - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Have you knobs ever thought he may want more ice time, and not be 3rd fiddle! I don’t see The Kid or Malkin going anywhere soon! I don’t blame him for wanting out. Good for him!

  10. murraychadwick - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Staal for Bobby Ryan straight up…haha. I think Ryan is in a contract year as well, could benefit both teams by each getting a player that wants out with the opportunity to re-sign them. Again, I’m not positive on Ryan’s contract or if he wants out but have heard he is on the block.

  11. sjsharks66 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Sharks will sign staal. Just send him over, he can center our third line hahaha

    • dangle13x - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Right because your top 2 centers have been so strong in the playoffs.

  12. danaking - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Pittsburgh’s best move is t keep Staal this year and see how it plays out. They can’t get anything close to full value for him, and they’re a serious Cup contender. Staal is the kind of player another team might bring in as the missing piece to make a run at a Cup; why get rid of him. You’ll get his best effort because:
    1. It’s his walk year
    2. He’ll have a chance for another Cup
    3. That’s how he plays.

    Take your best shot at the Cup and see how thinks work themselves out. Frankly, I’d rather see Staal there long term than Malkin. He plays both ends more consistently. I saw about 80 Pens games last year, and Malkin, great as he is, is better when Crosby is out. He seems to accept the responsibility in the defensive end better, and not take as many dumb retaliatory penalties.

  13. pone27 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Staal for Sharp, straight up.

    Hawks get the Big 2nd line center they need, Pens get a stronger winger to play with Malkin.

    I would go banana sandwiches if Staal played on a line with Hossa.

    • kitshky - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      I have no opinion on your suggestion (actually don’t really care too much about the whole scenario) but I do have to thumb up anyone who uses the “expression” … banana sandwiches.

  14. rabidbillsfan - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Buffalo has called, you cannot count them out. Ted Black knows that organization too well to let a guy like Staal move without at least making a play for him. Buffalo is the only team with the excess Picks/Players/Prospects to make this work for both sides. Roy would be an easy choice to go, one of our firsts, and anybody not named Foligno or McNabb as far as Prospects/AHL’ers. Coery Tropp maybe? Or, here’s a wildcard, Johnas Enroth… Either way, if they get this done, Buffalo could be penciled in as a Top-5 East team, ecspecially with the uncertainty in net for Boston.

    • danaking - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Why on earth would Pittsburgh make any of these trades? They don’t need draft picks or prospects for a proven talent; they’re contenders now.

      • rabidbillsfan - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        What are you getting at? So you’re saying Pittsburgh shouldn’t hop on a chance for extra picks? Or potentially good players? Sounds like a Pittsburgh thing to say. Fleury crapped the bed in Round 1, getting solid help in the form of Enroth would be a no brainer to me. Roy can slid right into the 3rd line center role, that’s where he is slated to be in Buffalo. Buffalo could be offering a High first with the seconds or even 2 firsts, if you don’t make that deal, you would be fired as a GM. Staal could easily walk at the end of next season for NOTHING, or Pittsburgh can open their ears and take what they can get now. I’d be willing to bet they are contenders with or without Staal, so again, sounds like a Pittsburgh thing to say.

  15. danaking - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Here’s an idea: Pittsburgh trades Malkin to Carolina for…. Eric Staal.

    • miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Jesus christ we have a genius!

    • kingfooj - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      thumbs up just for creativity

  16. danaking - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    You don’t trade a key player for draft picks or prospects who mihgt–might–pan out down the road if you think you’re ready to win now.

    As for Enroth, you should read PHT a little more carefully. Pittsburgh signed Tomas Vokoun to a 2year/$4 million deal two weeks ago. What are they going to do with Enroth?

  17. feva4theflava - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Danaking I agree with ur staal over Malkin assessment. Yes, Malkin just won a boat load of awards and he’s most definitely skilled but he can’t play both ends of the ice or out muscle like staal can. As good as Malkin is he tends to only play when it’s convenient for him. A little too much like jagr for me.. As awful as the pens were in the playoffs staal still played very well and Malkin made some kid look amazing. Before u Philly fans get all upset, courturier is an awesome player and he’s only gonna get better but that was typical Malkin playoff hockey. Give staal more ice time and he’ll be even better. Trade Malkin for E. Staal!

  18. spavs412 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    I hate people who want to trade Geno! Really the best player in the world had a bad playoff and by bad I mean 8pts in 6 gm

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