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07-07-2012, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by laika86 View Post
Even if a deal that would benefit both sides could be put together, this trade isn't happening. The Caps and Pens management HATE each other. Pens refused to speak with the Caps about Staal. I just can't imagine discussions even starting. If they do, the bad blood will keep it from going anywhere productive.
Originally Posted by billybudd View Post
Thought George McPhee said he called Shero on draft day and was told Staal was unavailable, which would have been false. He sounded somewhat mad about it too.
Had nothing to do with the Capitals.

Ray Shero has said numerous times that he planned on moving forward with Staal next season. He didn't decide until draft day (maybe the night before) that he was going to trade Staal. 2 days before the draft, the Pens offered Staal a long term deal and Staal declined. His agent said he wasn't going to negotiate a contract now, but would negotiate with Carolina if a trade was made.

Shero wanted to keep Staal, but Rutherford called and told Shero to let him know if he changed his mind. Then when Rutherford got to Pittsburgh for the draft, Shero said he would trade Staal to Carolina only if it was a hockey deal and Rutherford agreed.

So in a sense, Shero wasn't lying because Staal really wasn't available. He wanted to go play with his brother in Carolina and most likely would have signed there in 2013. That was the team he wanted to go to, to play with his brother and Shero understood and respected that so he traded him to where he wanted to go.

Pens also got a nice return for him, Sutter, 8th overall and Brian Dumoulin. What would the Caps have given us that's better than that package. Plus with Staal wanting to go to Carolina, would he have even signed with the Capitals?

Nothing to do with the Pens and Caps rivalry, Jordan Staal was unavailable until draft day and was traded to his brother's team where he expressed interest in playing.

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