The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2009-10 season and will run through 2012-13. Staal, 20, will play the remainder of this season under the terms of his entry-level contract. He has played 204 games with the Penguins over three NHL seasons, scoring 52 goals and 39 assists for 91 points, along with 98 penalty minutes
This should probably clear up any of those concerns from the Jordan Staal faithful who feared he might get the boot prior to the trade deadline. I for one was pretty confident he would be offered in some sort of package deal, if not heads up for a goal-scoring winger for Sid. I guess it all depends where you're coming from on this one. Sean Leahy from GoingFiveHole knocked some sense into me.
"Keep in mind he's only 20 years old," Sean said.
That's a good point, one often buried beneath the likes of a sensational 21-year-old named Sidney Crosby and the international phenom Evgeni Malkin.
Info on the finances available at TSN.
What do you think?