Let the offseason truly begin.
According to multiple outlets, Jordan Staal (right) has rejected an offer of a 10-year contract extension from the Penguins. (PG+) Financial terms were not reported.
Staal has one more season left on a contract which has a salary cap hit of $4 million. This past season, he appeared in 62 game and scored 50 points (25 goals, 25 assists).
EN Says: TRADE EVERYONE!!!!
Seriously, don't get to upset over this news. Negotiations tend to work this way. Just because the initial or any follow-up offers are rejected, that doesn't mean anything has a finality to it.
If you think Sidney Crosby accepted the first or second or third offer the Penguins made him in 2007 when he signed his contract extension, we have some beachfront property we'd like to sell you. In Idaho.
Both parties have a legitimate interest in maintaining this marriage. Staal likes being a Penguin and management has mutual admiration. At the same time, Staal has plenty of options potentially available to him if he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2013. He would be foolish not to weigh them.
There are a lot of variables in play here with regards to Jordan Staal and the Penguins. The largest one being the current collective bargaining agreement which expires Sept. 15. This situation won't be resolve in any sort of near timeframe.
UPDATE: By way of the Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari, Paul Krepelka, Staal's agent said: "My only comment will be that Jordan is not prepared to enter into a contract extension at this time."
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