Henry Hank wrote:I still stand by my general statement that they can't pay him that much to be a third liner.
depends. if you put staal with kennedy and cooke again next year, that could potentially be a 2nd line on many teams in the league (as we expect tk and staal improve). so if you give the "3rd" line 2nd line minutes, play the 4th line sparingly and put staal on the #1 PP, you get good enough value from staal. enough to justify 3.5-4 million/yr. and maybe a 30 and 35 season.
the only problem is that we may need kennedy and/or cooke to play on the top 2 lines next year since we only have like 1.5 wings signed for next year...leaving staal with the likes of dupuis and [insert WBS callup here]. in THAT case you're right. no, we cannot pay him to be a third liner.