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Jordan Staal says “It’s exciting to be back” in Pittsburgh

Apr 27, 2013, 2:15 PM EST

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It’s been nearly a year since Jordan Staal was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to Carolina. Last summer’s draft saw the blockbuster deal that sent Staal to the Hurricanes to play alongside his brother, Eric Staal, and free him from the shadow of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

Tonight he plays his first game back in Pittsburgh where it’s expected he’ll receive a warm welcome from the fans. Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer shares the story.

“It’s exciting to be back,” Staal said after Saturday’s morning skate. “Obviously I wish we were in a better situation and it being a bigger game than it is. It’s still very exciting for myself just to come in this building and be able to play against my ex-teammates.”

Neither team has much to play for. Carolina is out of the playoffs and will be involved in Monday’s draft lottery while the Penguins are locked in as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Jordan just has to hope Brandon Sutter doesn’t brag to him too much about how nice things are on a Cup contender.

  1. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    The PK misses you Jordan!

    • JoeAvg - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Yeah it’s amazing how one player taken away can make such a difference. Not that Sutter is a bad penelty killer, just that Staal is a beast!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Its never exciting to be in pitysburgh

      • crosberries - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        The staal trade was a miracle in disguise. Helped save money to give to all these other amazing players for a hopefully long cup run

      • upyoursnfu - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Better than being in America’s taint….aka Filthadelphia

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Something tells me u dont have to come to philly to visit a taint

  2. uscthom78 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    His career staalled after he got traded.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      I wish I hadn’t laughed at that. Haha, A+ for cheesiness!

  3. Stiller43 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Still love me some staalsy! Welcome back!

  4. hazlydose - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I hope he is received warmly upon his return. Some pens fans I know seemed offended when he didn’t resign with the penguins. I hope this was just the “stupid but loud” portion that all fan bases have. Staal was my favorite penguin before he was traded and I was actually glad that he would have an opportunity to play a bigger role somewhere else.

  5. rushledger - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Jordan Staal will always have a spot in penguins fans hearts, no doubt he will get a standing ovation tonight, he deserves every bit of it and more.

  6. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    No doubt he gets a warm ovation, as he should. He’s a fantastic player and wast VITAL during the cup run. Was sad to see him go, but I’ve been very happy with Sutter, and Poulliot and Dumolin are going to be solid too.

  7. steelers88 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Not so sure about the warm ovation. Some people are idiots and will boo him. The media didn’t help Jordan Staal either with the Pittsburgh fans they said he would only sign with Carolina.

  8. Stiller43 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I’d bet my house on a little video tribute, and a VERY warm ovation for Staal. His contributions to the cup run (i look to that shorty as a HUGE reason we won) will never be forgotten!

  9. Stiller43 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Eiggles,

    He won a championship with this team. Thats something nobody without an AARP card can say for philly. Now go back to philly articles and talk about your offseason plans.

    • crosberries - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Eiggles tried to file for his AARP card online but couldn’t figure out how to spell AARP

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      I am gonna enjoy the team from pityburgh getting bounced ihave not which round will provide the most enjoyment the first or final which ever it will b a blast see u in the first round

      • Stiller43 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        …what? How wasted are you?

  10. malkinrulez - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Well done Stiller43

  11. theageofquarrel - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    “You got your Staals to the wall, man”

  12. abizzle03 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    So thankful and appreciative of Staal’s time with the Pens but glad things worked out the way they did and that we don’t have $6 million per year tied up in him for the next 10 years. Sutter is an ideal 3rd line center behind Crosby and Geno at a fraction of the cost. He’ll get a great ovation tonight for sure.

  13. jacketsfan7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Gotta love staalsy , great player

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