Goodbye Staal, thanks for everything you did for the Penguins and helping us with that cup. I'm happy for this guy, he's going to start realising his potential more with the Canes playing in the top 6 all the time. I hope he does really well there and gets to become that 70 MAYBE 80 point player. Goodluck you married man, and hope Canes love this guy as much as we loved him. If they loved Sutter, they are going to LOVEEEEE Staal. Goodbye, please don't beat on us too badly.
Congratulations to you. You've gone as far as you can go here and you played hard for us without complaint and without incident. You SHG against the Red Wings in the Finals is one we'll all remember for many years.
You have a new wife, new teammates and a new home. Enjoy it.
PS - you're not allowed to use your short twig against us.
Last edited by Darth Vitale: 06-22-2012 at 10:02 PM.
He was and will continue to be a hell of a player, bummed to see him go although I think the deal was adequate given the circumstances.
The frustrating part of all this is knowing that all those years of debating him in various mainboard threads as more than "just a #3 center!!1!" are going to be flipped into "Pens should've kept him, Jordan rulez!!1!". People still don't appreciate the talent he has and I think the combo of him and Eric is going to open a lot of eyes around the league.
I love staalsy. Wish the gronk would have wanted to sign here long term but he didn't. He gave his all while he was here and I'm gonna miss him. Would have never won the cup without him. His short handed goal against the wings was a series changer. Good luck Jordan. I will never have a bad thing to say about him
my favorite goal is probably his first. a sweet shorthanded breakaway goal. pretty sure this was still when he was playing his first 9 or so games and there was still a chance he could go back to juniors. I was like Plz plz keep him up this guy's awesome!
gonna miss him but hope he tears it up down in Carolina.
When I think about guys like Sid and other teammates at Staal's wedding and this news went down... that's about as real as it gets when separating reality and hockey. We all sit here on a forum and ******** about what we'd do, but how many of us played the game and remember the very emotional locker rooms when season comes to an end. Hell.. my one junior team was a family and the loss in the national playoffs was like a funeral afterward. There is a bond made between teammates that really goes unnoticed to the average fan. It's something that goes unnoticed in this situation.
I would love to hear some responses from the players at Staal's wedding. That had to be a little bit of sadness/happiness rolled into one. He will get to be with his brother, but he had a family here as well.
Good luck, Jordan. I have no bad feelings towards ya at all. You did well here in the Burgh.
Just watching both his first ever goal (short handed so fitting) and that goal in game 4 against the wings makes me already miss him so much more than I thought I would. Good luck gronk. I just wish u would have wanted to stay here
Remember when Ray tried to sign him to an extension the first time and the headache he gave him then, I am glad Ray snapped and did this, Jordan was a solid player, but we don't know what kind of person he really was.
Hope he loves hearing that weird alarm in Carolina and finishing just out of the playoffs.
Thanks for everything Staal, hope things work out for the best in Carolina and that you got what you wanted. I'm certain there was a no-shg-against-pittsburgh-clause in the trade sooooo... try not to, kay?
It's going to be wierd and interesting to play against Carolina and Jordan.
Sad to see Jordan go... grew into becoming my favorite player for the Penguins. But this is a deal that had to be done... just hope he has immense success in Carolina (Not against us, however) and should be a great situation for him.
He did all that was ever asked of him from the coaches and management, and not once complained about his third-line role. Yeah, there was always speculation of it, but just that. Most guys would have complained in that situation probably. He was always a class-guy, a great leader for the team, and just someone this franchise and the fanbase will miss terribly.
Thanks for the Stanley Cup run in 09 Staalsy, and I'm sure you'll find yourself in another SCF one way or the other sometime down the road.
On a sidenote, now maybe I can be on these boards more often now that I don't have to hear the continuous complaining and love/hate relationship this fanbase had about Staal