PITTSBURGH - Ray Shero sure made the 2012 NHL entry draft memorable for Steeltown and the rest of the hockey world.
A day after Jordan Staal spurned a 10-year contract extension offer the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager shipped the 23-year-old third-line centre to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he'll be united with his older brother Eric.
The trade happened on Jordan's wedding day back in Thunder Bay, Ont., and the news certainly turned the affair into an emotional evening because many of the guests were his Pittsburgh teammates, including Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
In return, the Penguins received hard-nosed Brandon Sutter, the 22-year-old son of Brent Sutter, Boston College defenceman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick, which the Penguins used to select defenceman Derrick Pouliot of Weyburn, Sask.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford revealed that he began trade discussions with Shero at 4:20 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon and the two sides had a deal by 6:45 p.m.
The trade should be applauded in Pittsburgh. In Sutter, they received a gritty centre, who scored 21 goals in 2009-10, to play behind Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
The Hurricanes also should benefit from the addition of Jordan Staal. Rutherford wanted to acquire a player to play alongside his captain Eric. But with the loss of Sutter, it remains to be seen whether the Staals will play on the same line or occupy the middle on different forward units.
Carolina simply hopes the younger Staal can increase his production from the career-high 50 points he checked in with in an injury shortened 62-game season in 2011-12.
Linda and Henry Staal now can cut down on their winter travel with two sons playing in Raleigh, N.C. and likely were pleased to hear the news.
"I would if I lived in Thunder Bay," Rutherford quipped.
Could a third Staal in Marc, a reliable defender with the New Rangers, join his brothers in Carolina? Rutherford can't talk about another team's player, but acknowledged that rumours about such a move will no doubt be spread. Marc Staal, however, has three years remaining on his deal with the Rangers.
Meanwhile, Jordan Staal is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season. Rutherford seemed confident that he could sign Jordan, even though he turned down a reported 10-year, $60-million US offer from Shero on Thursday.
The Staal trade was not the only deal made on the first day of the two-day draft proceedings.
The Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens chose the only two forwards taken in the top-10. With the first overall selection, the Oilers snatched talented Sarnia Sting sniper Nail Yakupov. The Habs chose his Sarnia teammate Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall choice.
Two of the eight blue-liners in the top-10 went to the Toronto Maple Leafs, at fifth, and the Winnipeg Jets, four selections later. The Leafs drafted Morgan Rielly, who missed most of his season with the Moose Jaw Warriors due to a knee injury, and the Jets took United States under-18 team member Jacob Trouba.
The Calgary Flames traded the 14th overall selection to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the 21st pick and the 42nd on Saturday. Calgary grabbed centre Mark Jankowski with the 21st selection. He is slated to attend Providence College in the fall of 2013. His grandfather, Lou, played 18 seasons in the NHL with Detroit and Chicago and is a former Flames scout.
The Senators selected another hometown prospect in Ottawa 67's defenceman Cody Ceci. The final Canadian team to make its first-round pick was the Vancouver Canucks at 26th overall. The Presidents Trophy winners took Belleville Bulls centre Brendan Gaunce.
There were 13 Canadians, 11 Europeans and six Americans taken in the first round.
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