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PENS SHIP STAAL TO CAROLINA

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PITTSBURGH - Jordan Staal wanted a family reunion, and the Penguins obliged.

Pittsburgh traded the talented center to Carolina for two players and a pick in Friday's first round of the draft.

The move came on the day Staal was getting married.

Staal, 23, helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. He reportedly balked at signing a contract extension. He has one season left on his current four-year deal. Now Staal will join brother Eric with the Hurricanes. Carolina also has their brother Jared Staal, playing in the American Hockey League.

Pittsburgh got center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumoulin in the deal as well as Carolina's eighth overall pick, which the Penguins used minutes after the trade was announced to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot.

The move came shortly after Washington dealt a second-round pick and center Cody Eakin to Dallas for center Mike Ribiero. The 32-year-old Ribiero tied for second on the Stars last season in points, scoring 18 goals to go with 45 assists in 74 games.

In other moves, the Flyers shipped backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to the Blue Jackets for three draft picks - a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in this draft and a fourth-rounder next year, and the Islanders got veteran Lubomir Visnovsky from the Ducks for New York's second-round selection in 2013.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero thanked Staal for his contributions to the franchise before taking Pouliot as the capacity crowd at Consol Energy Center roared its approval.

Staal, taken sixth overall in 2006, is a valuable penalty killer and has developed a deft touch around the net. He scored a career-high 25 goals in 2011-12 despite missing 20 games because of injury.

The Hurricanes get an elite young forward they hope will continue to flourish alongside big brother Eric. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told USA Today that he would begin negotiating with Jordan Staal in July on a contract.

"When you're acquiring an elite player you have to give a lot for it," Rutherford said. "And we did. We paid Pittsburgh a good price."

Another Staal brother, Marc, plays for the Rangers.

SWISS PROSPECT TO WINGS: The Detroit Free Press reported Swiss prospect Damien Brunner, who had drawn the interest of the Lightning, agreed to terms with the Red Wings. They can't sign the forward until July1.

CAPITALS: The team has interviewed Jon Cooper, coming off of a Calder Cup title with AHL Norfolk, for its coaching job, ESPN reported. Norfolk was a Lightning affiliate this season; Tampa Bay has since announced it is moving its affiliation to Syracuse.

DRAFT SITES: The 2013 draft will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the 2014 edition will be at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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