columbia wrote:Hmm, looking at the cap numbers for next year and assuming they sign Sykora, Fedotenko, Goligoski, Ziggy and Scuderi to reasonable deals, the Pens could be close to pulling off Gaborik being on the books. This would require shipping Staal away to MIN and having Kennedy as a top six. But they could do it if Gaborik would "settle" for < $7.5M.
Kennedy - Crosby - Gaborik
Fedotenko - Geno - Sykora
Cooke - Talbot - Dupuis
?? - Ziggy Stardust - Godard
Gonchar, Whitney, Orpik, Letang, Goligoski, Scuderi and Eaton or Lovejoy
I'd rather have Staal for next year and ship Gonchar out. Sarge is going to be 35 in a few months and his salary cap hit is going to be more than Staal's. We have strength in our offensive D-corps to replace him. The way Talbot has played this year, he's lucky he's not on the 4th line.
No way I would trade Staal for a guy that has unlimited upside but is never in the lineup and is one wrong move away from a season ending injury.