Jordan Staal has reportedly turned down an offer of a 10-year extension from the Pittsburgh Penguins to stay with the team, which will only amp up the rumors that he will be traded before or during the NHL Draft. TSN's Bob McKenzie dropped the news on twitter.
Breaking news: Hearing Jordan Staal turned down 10-yr mega offer from PIT. Has indicated to PIT he doesn't plan on signing extension now.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 21, 2012
Penguins general manager Ray Shero has previously said that he will not trade Staal, but if McKenzie is correct and Staal has no intention of signing any kind of contract extension, Shero's hand might be forced. The 23-year-old only has one year remaining on his contract and is coming off of the most efficient scoring season of his career.
What happens to Staal is anyone's guess, but the NHL Draft just became must-watch television.
For more on Staal and his future, head over to PensBurgh.