I don't see how anyone can fault Jordan at all. Not only did he dutifully accept his role as a 3rd line center, he excelled at it without any drama; which is rare for a young, talented, 2nd overall pick. It's completely understandable that he wants an opportunity to develop into a greater role. Barring injuries to Sid and Geno, he wasn't going to have this opportunity on the Pens.
He's paid his dues and almost earned an opportunity to choose a team. The Pens, wisely, chose to part ways now. I have no doubt that had they not, Jordan would have given them his be(a)st.
This is why it makes more sense to have a more experienced third line center who embraces the role. Like many, I fear the Pens have put themselves back in the same position with Sutter who, admittedly, also has greater aspirations than his current role.
I believe Jordan still has superstar potential, especially with the direction the league is going in terms of obstruction, where large puck handlers may once again become very valuable in the playoffs.
Reading criticisms of Jordan, I think that people forget that no one player can master all elements of the game. His developmental focus has been on defense and penalty killing, not offensive skills. As a Staal fan, I'm excited to see how he responds. As a Pens fan, I'm disappointed to see him go. I think it's possible the Pens may have been better overall with a superstar first and second line center than with two superstar first line centers. But time will tell.