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Jordan Staal talks about being traded to Carolina

Jun 23, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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It’s probably not an understatement to say that Friday was the most eventful day of Jordan Staal‘s life. Not only did he get married in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he also got traded to Carolina.

“It was unfortunate timing,” Staal said Saturday, as reported by Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. “It worked out for the best, but it was very emotional. We didn’t know when we planned the wedding that it was the day of the draft, and then something like that happens.

“It was a little emotional but still very exciting. Even when you know something might be coming, it’s still a shock. It’s tough to take it all in.”

No doubt, but it’s probably also a welcome change. Although Staal’s time with the Pittsburgh Penguins was certainly memorable, this is a great opportunity for him. In Carolina, he’s likely to get plenty of ice time with the man advantage and maybe even be part of the Hurricanes’ first line.

“It’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do offensively,” he said. “It’s a new challenge for me. I’m excited to get a lot of wins, make the playoffs and see what we can do.”

On top of that, he’ll be able to spend the season with his brother, Eric Staal.

Jordan has talked with Eric about the possibility of playing together in the past.

“It was something we would like to do and doesn’t happen often in the NHL,” Staal said.

He still remembers playing with his brother during the 2007 World Championship.

“It was after my first year in the NHL and he was already a wily veteran,” Staal said, chuckling. “I played on his line one game. We won the tournament and it was great. It was memorable for us, for our family.”

As it turns out, it was also just a prelude for what’s to come.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Don’t sweat it Jordan they will be bankrupt soon !

    • claysbar - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Not sure which is worse, the a-hole Pens fans that keep saying 1975 or you and your bankrupt comments.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        You got a point there but its my only comeback ! That’s good work by you !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        I was watching the draft last night and a Pens fan was holding a sign that was a play on its Always Sunny In Philadelphia ! It read : Its always 1975 in Philadelphia I gotta give it up that was sweet ! I love the rivalry that has evolved and sometimes stupid crap will be said ! When Sidney Crosby says Philly brings out the worst in him Pens and Flyers fans can be excused too !

      • flyers0116 - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        To the A-hole pens fans that say 1975. Know this, though you may have a whole whopping 1 more stanley cup than the Flyers, know this the Flyers are over 500 more wins than losses. The Penguins have more losses than wins in their history. So yell 1975 all you want, the Pens are still inferior losers compared to the Flyers.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        They Penguins lead in bankrupt cups 2-0

      • claysbar - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        Funny thing is, I’m a Pens fan, always have been, but, when you deal with “JOHNNY COME LATELY” fans, they tend to be uninformed a-holes. Were you the same guy to say that L. Schenn was gonna bring the Cup?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:58 AM

        No,,,,, Luke Schenn ain’t bringing noting but his cup that he wears to Philly !

      • xavier46 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        And regular season wins count for?

  2. philly4lyfe - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Isn’t the youngest staal brother of the 4 in their minor league system too? If so, then all they’ll need is Marc.

    • Ryan Dadoun - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Jared Staal is indeed a member of the Carolina Hurricanes’ organization (although they loaned him to the Providence Bruins for part of the 2011-12 season). That said, Marc Staal is signed through 2014-15.

    • florida76 - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Pens and Flyers have been equal historically as franchises are concerned, the bankruptcies for the Pens were due to bad management, not fan support. The Flyers were fortunate to have solid ownership from the start, while the Pens have had several owners. Flyers do have the more successful overall record and more overall Cup appearances, but it’s troubling they haven’t been able to win it all since 1975. Pens have more Cups, plus greater star power. The two greatest Pens, Mario and Jagr, were definitely at a higher level than Bobby Clarke and whoever you wish to include. Plus,
      the Pens have a couple centers who are building HOF careers as we speak.

  3. danaking - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Hard core Pens fan and owner of a Staal jersey, so it hurt to see him go. He’s been a core member of the team who always gives his best effort and provided a lot of good memories for Pens fans. I wish him nothing but success. Hat tricks when the Canes play the Pens, but the Pens win 5-3.

  4. lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    breaking news… scheen for jvr

  5. sknut - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    And Marc is in a corner wondering when its his turn.

  6. cleverbob - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Great wedding present!

  7. wenzel0232 - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    You wonder why? How about Eric Whineross for one? Who would be dumb enough to give up Brind’Amour for a whiny ass hold out like Keith Primeau? See the trend?? Not cutting the cheese, but plenty of whine.

  8. bobhpine - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    3 cups > 2 cups and 500 regular season wins over 45 years…that’s an inequality loser Philly fans can’t seem to comprehend. Hence the loser rhetoric about bankruptcies and other things that no one cares about.

  9. bensawesomeness - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Kinda a dick move to pull the trigger during the guy’s wedding, although yes i’m aware that they didn’t have a very real choice if they wanted the #7 pick.

    Still think that that’s the 1 night that you really should be able to just leave the game at home and enjoy yourself

    • xavier46 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      It was more of a gift – he has wanted to play beside his brother all along.
      And it was the #8 pick…

      Thanks for playing.

  10. pone27 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I really hope Staal tears it up in Carolina.

    I feel like this guy is definitely a top tier 2nd line center, and if he has the right wingers, can be a solid 1st liner.

    But without a doubt, Staal is an AWESOME special teamer.

    Blackhawks fan just hoping the best for a stand up, well respected and great player.

  11. ironcity6pak - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Staalie we will miss you and hope only the best for you. Thanks for all you did with and for the city of Pittsburgh, we will always give you a standing ovation. Best wishes to you And your new wife.

  12. mrdonkeydick - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Staal got what he wanted, he can play with his brother. One has to think his best odds of winning a cup was behind crosby and malkin.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      he had his cup behind crosby and malkin already. i dont fault him for wanting minutes. wish him all the best. it was hard for the pens to justify paying him the top line money he deserves when he was in the 3 spot anyway.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Donkeydick was a killer variety of cannabis back in the 90’s.

  13. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Hard to see Sutter traded to Pittsburgh, although having 2 Staals will bring more fans to see the Hurricanes play — better, we can only dream.

  14. spavs412 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Miss ya gronk pgh will always have a place in our hearts for ya lol

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