Thursday Jan. 8, 2009
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up 20-year-old center Jordan Staal with a four-year contract. The deal begins at the start of next season and runs through the 2012-13 campaign. The No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft recently became the youngest player to appear in 200 NHL games.
Staal enters tonight's contest in Nashville with 52 goals and 39 assists in 204 career games. He scored 29 goals as a rookie in 2006-07 and finished second to teammate Evgeni Malkin in the Calder Trophy rookie of the year voting.
Staal is one of three brothers playing in the NHL. Eric Staal led Carolina to the Stanley Cup in 2006, while Marc is a New York Rangers defenseman. Younger brother Jared is a Phoenix Coyotes prospect.
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