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Report: Jordan Staal has “legitimate” desire to play for Canes if Penguins can’t sign him

Jordan Staal, Eric Staal

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jordan Staal (11) skates next to his brother Eric Staal, of the Carolina Hurricanes, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. The Penguins won 4-2, with Jordan Staal getting a goal in his 400th NHL game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


The thought of Jordan Staal playing alongside his brother Eric has crossed plenty of peoples’ minds, particularly Carolina Hurricanes fans. With word surfacing that Staal rejected the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 10-year contract extension offer - which has been validated by Staal’s agent -one cannot help but wonder if Jordan considered the possibility himself.

Josh Yohe reports that the idea entices Jordan as well.

Everything I’m hearing is that Staal’s desire to play in Carolina - should a deal not be reached in Pittsburgh - is legitimate.


There’s been some talk that Jordan wants a bigger role on his given team than he’s likely to receive batting behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh. His brother Eric (and possibly Jeff Skinner) would almost certainly remain higher on the food chain in Carolina if a deal ever took place, but it’s easy to imagine Jordan getting a better chance to show off his skills with the Canes.

One way or another, this is a huge week for Jordan Staal, who’s about to get married.