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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

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.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild