Penguins center Jordan Staal, 23, enters this off-season with Dwight Howard type power from the standpoint that no team is going to give up significant assets for a player who won't commit long-term as Pittsburgh is in a position of weakness on the trade front if they were to entertain offers for Staal.
Therefore, don't bank on the rumor of Edmonton being willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick for Staal becoming any kind of a possibility as Staal has no interest in playing in Edmonton and sources inside the Penguins organization say there are serious doubts that GM Ray Shero will even consider moving Staal at the draft or before he can start negotiating with Staal on July 1.
Staal though has all the power on dictating his long-term future whether i'd be Pittsburgh or elsewhere.
One situation though that is very likely to emerge in the coming months and chatter is already heating up is Staal orchestrating his way to Carolina and play with his brother Eric whether it would be via trade or in free agency next July.