Friday, June 22, 2012

It's a NHL Draft Night in Pittsburgh

View of Pittsburgh on Draft Eve
After all the celebration and fanfare, the 2012 NHL Entry draft is set to begin tonight at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Many of the sports finest young talents will descend on Pittsburgh tonight to find out what team they will be playing for in the near future.  Some of that talent is located close to home, with potential first-round pick Michael Houser raised in Wexford.  It is unlikely that Houser will be drafted by his childhood dream team Pittsburgh Penguins, as his position is that of goaltender.  Pens GM Ray Shero all but ruled out taking a goalie in the first round, stating "I don't think so...I don't think that's what we'd do."

In any case, the major news of the day is the likely departure of fan favorite Jordan Staal, who turned down a 10 year extension worth reportedly $60 million last night. Rumors are now circulating as to why he turned it down and his potential future.  Will he go to Carolina to be with his two brothers?  Or will he land in Toronto, near his hometown of Thunder Bay?  These answers could potentially be answered before tonight's draft begins, and the anticipation is very high.

Time to sound off.  In your opinion, what should the Penguins do?  Trade him right now, for some potential draft talent?  Or hold on to him the whole year for one more cup run?  Whatever happens, it will be front page NHL news.  Staal is set to be the second hottest unrestricted free agent behind Rick Nash next summer, so something is bound to occur.  Enjoy the draft.


  1. Trade him right f'ing now. haha.

    I guess since he rejected the long-term deal the Pens have to trade him ASAP to get something valuable in return. I like Staal and think he's a great two-way player, but I don't think he is worth the Malkin/Crosby money that some think he deserves. I think $5-$6M per yr is pretty good for him. Pens can't afford to pay anymore than that with Crosby and Malkin coming up and Fleury, Neal, & Letang making a good amount. It's too bad they have so much money tied up in Martin and Michalek, maybe that could have helped with Staal.

  2. Trade him. I think he thrives as a 3rd liner with the possibility to move up to a 2nd line at best. Yes, he is a great player, but he doesn't come close to an top tier player. He could de well as the top guy , but he is hot as a potential player not what he is currently doing. I don't want him for draft picks. I want him for a long term trade with someone who can be here and win a cup.

  3. Totally agree with both of you. Just saw an update on TSN said that a deal with Carolina is unlikely today, so we will see what happens.

    Ultimately, I would like to keep him, but they can't make another mistake of overpaying another player, especially one that is playing on the third line here. And you know that Carolina and Toronto is going to through an absurd amount of money at him. However, we will see what happens. Something could come through in the new CBA that would restrict his options, and then we could see him back here. Hopefully it works out for the Pens.