Staals reunited as Pens trade Jordan to Hurricanes

The Canadian Press
6/22/2012 11:29:31 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Two of the Staal brothers are being reunited in Carolina.

The Pittsburgh Penguins traded centre Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes on Friday for centre Brandon Sutter, the No. 8 pick in 2012 draft and defenceman Brian Dumoulin.

Pittsburgh then selected defenceman Derrick Pouliot of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks with the first-round pick.

Staal will be joining his older brother Eric, the captain of the Hurricanes.

"Jordan is an elite two-way player who possesses a rare combination of speed, size, scoring ability and defensive responsibility," said Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford in a statement. "For his young age, he has a wealth of NHL experience, including winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.

"And he is obviously a natural fit for our team in joining our captain, his older brother Eric."

Jordan Staal has 120 goals and 128 assists in 431 regular-season games with Pittsburgh. He has a career plus-53 rating.

The Penguins selected Staal in the first round, second overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

"He's still only 24 years old. He's got upside yet," Rutherford told the Canadian Press. "I think it's a great fit."

Rutherford also said he didn't talk to Eric about the deal.

Sutter has 53 goals and 54 assists in 286 games with the Hurricanes.

"We want to thank Brandon Sutter for his time in Carolina," said Rutherford. "He has been a very good player for our team, and we wish both Brandon and Brian the best as their careers continue."

Dumoulin has yet to play at the professional level. He's scored 11 goals and added 72 assists for Boston College.

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