Kennedy: Friend, former linemate Staal would be open to Pittsburgh return

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Jordan Staal has played the past five seasons in Carolina. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Penguins need a third-line center. Jordan Staal is the best third-line center in franchise history and Jim Rutherford not only acquired him while he was the general manager in Carolina, but also signed him to a $60 million contract and publicly flirted with the idea of bringing Staal back to Pittsburgh two years ago.

One of Staal's closest friends, and his former linemate, said Staal would "definitely love to come back."

Tyler Kennedy told our Tim Benz that Staal, 28, would be more comfortable with a third-line center role than the current setup with the Hurricanes.