The timing of his trade Friday night to Carolina in the first round of 2012 NHL Entry Draft might not have been convenient for Jordan Staal, but the result certainly left him satisfied.

"I don't think we knew when we were planning our wedding date that we knew that it was the draft day and something like that would happen," said the former Penguins center. "But that's the way it goes sometimes. It was definitely some tough news to hear but obviously still very excited about it."

Speaking Saturday for the first time since the trade, Staal, who celebrated his wedding with 11 of his Penguins teammates in attendance, confirmed he turned down an offer of a 10-year contract extension.

"I think when I heard about it, I wasn't really comfortable with it yet," he said. "I really wanted to wait it out and play next year and kind of see how things landed. I kind of wanted to test the waters and see how it is. Obviously it put [general manager] Ray [Shero] in a very difficult situation. He did his best to move me on."