Originally written June 23, 2012 on The Victory Formation:

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While Jordan Staal was busy saying “I do,” the Pittsburgh Penguins were busy finalizing a deal to send the center to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The agent for Staal, Paul Krepelka, informed him at the wedding reception that he would be joining his brother, Eric, with the Hurricanes.

"It was definitely tough news to hear,” Staal said, per the Associated Press. “But obviously I’m still very excited about it. With my teammates in the back corner, it got a little emotional, but they knew that a lot of good things could come out of this.”

The Pens attempted to sign Staal to a 10-year contract extension, but after he balked at that, they began looking for trade partners. The Hurricanes gave up center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and a first-round draft pick in the deal.

Staal turned down the 10-year offer because he felt that it would end any chance of him playing with his brother. Ironically, the Penguins accelerated that opportunity.

There are still two other Staal brothers in the league. Marc is with the New York Rangers through the 2015 season, and Jared is within the Carolina organization, but not quite ready for a call-up. Jordan is expecting to sign a long-term extension with the Hurricanes, so there is a chance that all four brothers could be teammates at some point in the next four years.

Maybe getting traded on your wedding day is kinda like rain on it. It seems like bad news at first, but it is actually good luck.

 

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  • Well, as unexpected of a time it is to hear one is traded; his well former team now, actually did give him what he wanted, so...
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