It is being reported that Jordan Staal has rejected an offer from the Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 10 years $6 million a season. (Source McKenzie TSN) To go along with that, he said he is open to being moved to Carolina which is center of of all of the off season trade rumors.(source Rob Rossi)
I think it is not only money, but the amount of years. I think he could have been had for more money and less years. That said, the Pens really can not afford to pay him more money than what he was offered. If they have any chance to keep Malkin and Crosby, they will struggle coming up with more than $6 million a season. Besides, as good as he is, and can be, this past season he had an opportunity to solidify himself as a clear number one or two centerman and I do not think he did so. Fifty 50 points do not make you a number 1 center. Not only that, his ability to play the penalty kill will make it difficult for him to put forth enough effort to improve his offense.
The rumors are currently running wild, so I will try to bring as much as possible, though not without getting the facts right and accurate.