Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/23/12 at 11:14 AM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
No matter how you poke and prod the league’s first blockbuster trade of the offseason, it’s hard not to see reason for optimism and excitement from both vantage points.
And really, how rare is that?
If you’re Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford and you’ve just added former Frank J. Selke Trophy nominee Jordan Staal to play alongside big brother Eric Staal without having to disrupt what is an impressive collection of young NHL defensemen, then the future looks considerably brighter in Raleigh today.
If you’re Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero and you felt you had to trade the third of the Penguins’ big three centers after Jordan Staal declined a 10-year, $60 million contract extension, acquiring a proven two-way center in Brandon Sutter, defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin and the eighth pick in Friday’s draft turns a potential nightmare into a pretty good day’s work.
“It’s a funny thing to say, but it just felt right to do,” Shero said late Friday night. “It’s the right place for him, hopefully, and it’s the right deal for us most importantly. Hopefully, both parties are going to be real happy.”
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