Depending on who you care to listen to, the Penguins may be making some moves at the Draft.
Here is what we know.
As it stands this is the current salary structure of the Penguins ( via capgeek)
The Penguins want to keep Staal, but money isn't the only issue. He has been playing in the shadow of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. If he wants to go somewhere where he is a focal point of the offense, the time to trade him is now. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
The best fit for a trade is the Carolina Hurricanes, where his brother Eric is the captain and brother Jared is a prospect. Carolina GM Jim Rutherford probably would offer Pittsburgh more because he could be reasonably confident that he can sign Staal to a long-term deal. The presumption is that the Staals would like to play together
Elliotte Friedman talked about it in his 30 thoughts column:
Jordan Staal is the obvious name, but there's no guarantee Pittsburgh is dealing him yet. You could certainly see Carolina making a play for Nash. If there's an impact forward available, Rutherford will try to get him
So it seems the rumors have settled over Carolina like a tropical storm.
What could Carolina offer?
As Kevin Allen mentioned, the Canes 8th pick in the draft would be there.
Other names throw out there were:
Justin Faulk – A big, but agile American born defenseman with a big shot from the point. [ Hockey Futures profile ]
Ryan Murphy – Another big time D-prospect. Fast as shit, and big time shot. [ Canes Country ]
Brandon Sutter – Sutter has been in the NHL for three solid years now, and is a logical third line center.
So maybe a combo of Sutter/8th pick/ Murphy or Faulk is enough for Staal if he is even available. You can't think Shero is just going to trade him to trade him.