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Jordan Staal Trade Rumors: Penguins Center Focus Of Pre-Draft Trade Talks

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal has been one of the bigger names at the heart of this offseason's trade talks. The Staal rumors warmed up again recently, with Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporting a particular offer the Carolina Hurricanes have put on the table for Staal. Ray Shero may have a decision to make in advance of this weekend's Draft. Kevin Allen of USA Today considers Staal, Roberto Luongo, and Rick Nash the three biggest names who could be on the move during Draft weekend:

With the draft in Pittsburgh, the Penguins would love to have Carolina's No. 8 pick to make a splash for fans and to give their prospect list a boost. The Hurricanes also have some desirable defensemen, including last year's first-rounder, Ryan Murphy.

While Rossi's report confirmed a potential deal, the rumors surrounding Staal will only heat up as the week progresses.

For more news, analysis, and discussion of the Staal trade rumors and the upcoming NHL Draft, visit Pensburgh.

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