NHL Draft: Penguins trade Jordan Staal to Carolina
The Penguins pick Derrick Pouliot as their first round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Draft at the Consol Energy Center tonight in the Jordan Staal trade. At right, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and coach Dan Bylsma.
Jordan Staal, right, congratulates Tyler Kennedy on a goal against the Rangers.
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The Penguins have traded center Jordan Staal to Carolina.
The deal came together this evening, and sent Staal to the Hurricanes for center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's first-round draft choice, which the Penguins used to claim defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
"It was certainly a fair hockey deal," Jim Rutherford said.
The centerpiece of the deal, at least for now, is Sutter, a blue-collar center.
He is the son of longtime NHL players and coach Brent Sutter, and had 17 goals and 15 assists in 82 games with Carolina during the recently concluded season.
He has two years remaining on his contract, with a salary-cap hit of $2,066,667.
Dumoulin, 20, was Carolina's second-round draft choice in 2009 and had seven goals and 21 assists in 44 games at Boston College this season.
The Penguins used the 22nd pick in the draft on Olli Maatta, reputed to be a rugged and responsible defenseman.
He is 6 feet 2, 202 pounds and had five goals and 27 assists in 58 games with London of the Ontario Hockey League.
First Published June 22, 2012 9:15 pm