The Penguins won a Stanley Cup with Jordan Staal and may try to reclaim it with Zach Parise.
Staal, general manager Ray Shero's first-ever draft pick, was traded to Carolina Friday evening for center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick, which they used to select high-scoring junior defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
That move saved the Penguins about $2 million in salary cap space. The move they made at the end of the first round — they traded defenseman Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix for two prospects and a third-round pick — netted them $4 million in additional space, freeing up about $6 million to pursue Parise, the marquee winger on the free agent market that opens July 1.
The Penguins expect to reach a long-term extension with center Sidney Crosby this summer and want to give him a fixture at wing throughout the prime years of his career, a team source said.
Crosby and Parise played together at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Minnesota and remain close friends. They attended Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles.
Parise, 27, has scored 30 goals in each of his past five healthy seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He has scored 194 goals in 502 career games.
Staal, 23, scored 120 goals in 431 games while playing the role as the top penalty killer in six seasons with the Penguins. However, he declined a 10-year offer from the Penguins on Thursday and was intent on testing free agency in 2013. Staal, who was married Friday night, wants to play with older brother Eric, who is the Hurricanes' captain.
Pens deal Staal to Carolina
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Jun 23