PITTSBURGH -- Jordan Staal went through a stressful couple of days leading into a weekend he’s not likely to forget.
Staal married his fiancée Friday afternoon at home in Thunder Bay, Ont. Hours after the ceremony he found out he had been traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes. Several of his wedding guests became ex-teammates during the reception. Another guest, older brother Eric, went from rival to teammate.
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"Even though we knew it might be coming, it was still a shock," Jordan Staal said during a teleconference Saturday. "It was very tough to kind of take it all it in. It was a very emotional day, not only with the wedding but being traded. It was some very good news that I was moved on to a great place and I’m very excited about that."
Staal was the first draft choice Ray Shero made after becoming Pittsburgh’s general manager in 2006 and was an all-rookie selection as an 18-year-old. In six seasons with the Penguins, Staal became one of the cornerstones of the franchise, an excellent two-way center and one of the team’s top penalty-killers.