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Rutherford on Staal trade: “There are maybe two or three other players that are like Jordan Staal. You just can’t find them”

Jun 22, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford spoke with the media following the announcement of the blockbuster trade sending Penguins star Jordan Staal to Carolina. Rutherford says it’s a deal he had to make because of how special a player he feels Staal is.

“I believe this improves our team,” Rutherford said. “There are maybe two or three other players, center ice men, that are like Jordan Staal. You just can’t find them. I don’t see this as a timing thing or a bold move it just happened that he was available to us and we were able to make the deal.”

Rutherford said he let Penguins GM Ray Shero know he was interested in Staal after the season was over, but said he talked to him just after 4 this afternoon and hammered out the deal by 6:45 this evening. These things move fast.

As far as worrying about whether or not Staal will re-sign with Carolina as he’s got free agency coming up next summer, Rutherford isn’t too worried about that.

“For many years the family said the brothers want to play together and now that they’re together I don’t know why you’d go somewhere else.”

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  1. bru308 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Good move by both sides. Waste of talent, and money, for a 3rd line center for the Pens. Great move by Shero. Go Pens!

  2. itsallniceonice - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Still feel like they gave up a bit too much considering the Canes probably need MStaal over JStaal, and that Carolina was probably the only place willing to trade for him. That said he’s young and should be great for them.

    I wonder who else he thinks Jordan Staal compares favorably to? I’d guess Toews and Bergeron.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Oh, they definitely weren’t the only place willing to trade for him, believe me. They were just willing to pay more than whoever else was interested. Bear in mind, Staal can still elect not to re-up long-term – put simply, nobody else was willing to bet Staal would commit to their club, so while others would only be making offers based on the worth of the one season he’s signed for, Carolina paid more because they’re confident they can get him resigned.

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        Yeah that’s basically what I meant. The risk for Carolina of him not re-upping is far below that of any other team.

  3. ironcity6pak - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    I hope the best for him and will miss him. Shero, make this parise deal happen!!

  4. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    am i the only one that thinks this was a bad idea for carolina? why give up so much for a player they could’ve just signed next off season. do they really need him this year that badly?

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:49 AM

      good point

  5. herbiecane - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    No- we got hammered on this trade. I would have given PIT Skinner before I gave Sutter!
    Staal is a great player. But he’s not Sutter + big young defenseman + 8th pick.
    I was cheering until Bettman said “Sutter”. Then I eased back into my chair like the Hindenburg eased into New Jersey….

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      I have to admit, I didn’t expect to get as much as we did for him. With that said, you’ve got yourself a hell of a hockey player. Extremely hard worker, smart, strong – a true two way player. You gave up a lot but my guess is that 5 games into next year you’re going to be very pleased :)

  6. herbiecane - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Hard working…smart…strong….hockey pedigree….
    You could be talking about Staal or Sutter. And that’s my point.
    (Staal, certainly, is stronger)
    I think, as time goes on, you’ll think we were insane to include Sutter.
    And you’ll be right.

  7. herbiecane - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    AND the 8th pick!
    AND a big young defenseman who won two Frozen Fours in three years and was +90 in that time.
    Love Jordan Staal. But he ain’t THAT good.
    We should have swapped 1st rounders in that trade. Instead, Shero just woodshedded Rutherford.

    I think we underused Sutter and most underestimate his skill. PIT won’t (and clearly doesn’t).

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