After having the best season of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins (25 G, 25 A, 62 GP) forward Jordan Staal received word that he had been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he would be united with his brother and offensive powerhouse, Eric Staal.
"It's not too often just to have brothers in the NHL," Staal said in an interview with USA Today. "But to play alongside one is a pretty special thing and I'm excited about where I ended up."
Over shadowed as the third center behind superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Staal never received the playing time he deserved with the Penguins. Staal’s potential surpasses the point totals he has put up in previous years—it was not a coincidence that Staal’s best season transpired while Crosby was out with a concussion for all but 22 games.
Jordan Staal’s future offensive numbers will surely benefit from the company of his brother and new teammate Eric Staal. Eric has posted consistent 70+ point seasons with the Hurricanes since his rookie year with the team in 2003.
The Penguins traded Staal for 23-year-old Brandon Sutter, prospect Brian Dumoulin and a first-round draft pick. The trade took place soon after Jordan Staal turned down a 10-year contract proposal from the Penguins.
“The whole organization was just unbelievable to me and I had some unbelievable years there, winning the Cup,” said Staal in an interview with USA Today. “The city's awesome and the fans are amazing. It's unfortunate to move on, but it's definitely a new exciting chapter."
The Staal brothers will be competing against another offensive line of brothers, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who, prior to the Staal transaction, were the most feared sibling duo in the NHL. The Sedins have an undeniable chemistry and seem to innately know where the other one is on the ice.
The Nashville Predators have tried tampering with sibling chemistry as well. This past season, the Predators traded two draft picks to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Andrei Kostitsyn, brother of current Nashville forward Sergei Kostitsyn.
Both Marc Staal and the rest of the NHL defensemen will have their hands full when they face the Carolina Hurricanes.