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Staal turns down 10-year contract offer from Penguins

TSN.ca Staff

6/21/2012 6:14:04 PM

It appears that Jordan Staal isn't looking at a long-term contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins at this time.

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports on Twitter that Staal has turned down a 10-year offer from the Penguins, indicating to the club that he doesn't plan on signing an extension now.

"He is not prepared to enter into a contract extension at this time," Staal's agent, Paul Krepelka, told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.

Staal scored 25 goals and 25 assists in 62 games with the Penguins in 2011-12. He led the team in playoff scoring, notching six goals and three assists in the Penguins' six-game series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal is entering the final year of a four-year deal with an average annual value of $4 million per year. Though just 23 years old, under the current collective bargaining agreement he would be eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Originally selected second overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Staal has scored 120 goals and 128 assists in 431 career games, all with the Penguins.

Winning a 2007 IIHF World Championship gold medal with Team Canada and the 2009 Stanley Cup, Staal already has a resume full of accomplishments at the pro level. He also was a finalist for the 2007 Calder Memorial Trophy and was a finalist for the 2010 Selke Trophy.