What is the fallout of Jordan Staal turning down a 10 year deal believed to be worth $58 million?
Here’s what I’ve been able to gather:
*GM Ray Shero and agent Paul Krepelka met in person today and the Penguins, according to one source with knowledge of the situation, made a 10 year – $58 million offer and this was just a starting point for talks from the Penguins end. Krepelka though indicated to Shero that they have no plans to negotiate right now off the Penguins offer as Staal wants to keep his options open and isn’t ready to commit to the Penguins
“Jordan is not prepared to enter into a contract extension at this time, ” Krepelka said when reached for comment.
*I can also confirm the Penguins were the ones to leak the information about Staal turning down a term of 10 years, and there’s a reason behind it. Despite what the Penguins may say publicly again in the next 24 hours, they now intend to seriously listen to offers for Staal leading into Friday’s draft. However, it’s far from a sure thing that the team will move Staal this weekend or even this summer, as Staal will only agree to an extension with the Carolina Hurricanes if he’s moved.
That will likely deter teams such as Anaheim, New York Rangers, Minnesota, Buffalo, Dallas and Toronto who have all inquired, from going hard at Staal.
The ball is really in Carolina’s court right now to come hard for Staal, although there’s some who believe he might be interested in playing with the Rangers as he’s close to his brother Marc.
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