|View of Pittsburgh on Draft Eve|
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.