Classic case of making the best of a bad situation. Staal's earlier rejection of the extension Shero offered pretty much signaled that he did not want to be in Pittsburgh for the long haul.
This move clears up about $2 million in cap space, which allows the Pens to be active in free agency. There are also rumors going around that the Pens are looking to move Martin and possibly Orpik to clear up more space. Parise city.