The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off the first blockbuster trade of the night and they had no choice but to make the move in dealing center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for No. 8 overall pick, center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumoulin, the Hurricanes 2009 second round pick.
The trade overall is now defenseman Derrick Pouliot who the team selected with the No. 8 overall pick, Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin.
"I would like to thank Jordan Staal for six great years, GM Ray Shero said when announcing the selection of Pouliot.
With in reality no other serious suitors due to Staal being one year away from free agency and wanting to play in Carolina, Shero got the best value he could.
In Sutter the Penguins are getting a 23 year old center who will be an excellent fit as the team's new third line center. Sutter who has two years left on his deal with a $2,066,667 million cap hit, had 17 goals and 32 points last season.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound centerman has yet to reach his potential and he's a discipline player who will be a factor on the penalty kill, leading all Canes forwards with 2:20 of ice time on the PK. Suter is effective in the face-off circle, winning 50.5% of draws last season.