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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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round