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Penguins pull stunner at NHL Draft, send C Jordan Staal to Carolina

Friday, 06.22.2012 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Penguins pull stunner at NHL Draft, send C Jordan Staal to Carolina

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't wait to negotiate a new contract with Jordan Staal, trading the centre to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night for centre Brandon Sutter, defenceman Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's first-round pick — the No. 8 selection.

The Penguins used that pick to take defenceman Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Pouliot played with Joe Morrow — whom the Penguins selected with their first pick in last year's draft — in Portland.

The trade came one day after reports that Staal turned down a lengthy contract extension with the Penguins. The 23-year-old forward played six seasons with Pittsburgh, helping the franchise win the Stanley Cup in 2009. Staal will join brother Eric with the Hurricanes, who also have Jared Staal — currently in the American Hockey League.

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