superconan wrote: purelebo84 wrote:
KG wrote:Good article...Although I'd take 4 first round picks for Staal and run to the hills...
Yeah, but this team is built to win now, and those picks won't help us.
The four picks could be used to help acquire whatever is needed now. At the end of the day the Pens could keep there own picks for the next four years.
I'd gladly take the compensation for an offer sheet to Staal, but assuming Staal is staying, there's really only only one option I see moving forward that is worthwhile...
IMO The only legitimate LONG-TERM solution to the team's winger problem is to draft or aquire at least one highly talented young forward who could play here for 3 years on an entry deal. We need at least 1 entry level contract in the top 4 wingers for there to be any chance at filling in the other 3 wings with any quality once Malkin and Staal's new contracts begin. It may take a year or 2 for the player to develop, but we must be proactive and realize it would be better to set these wheels in motion now, rather than constantly try and scrap in free agency every summer looking for the players most poised for resurrection
. Once the entry deal is over we still may not even be able to resign said player, but it will be almost impossible to have both Malkin and Crosby play with decent talent if at least one of their wingers isn't being paid 875k base salary, and producing for that 875k as well.
You could do this by trading up in the draft which will cost us about the same as trying to trade for an already rostered NHL player (Our 1st rounder + rostered player + prospect), by taking compensation for an offer sheet for Staal, or trading Staal. Either way, Shero needs to realize if he ever wants any continuity to develop between Crosby and a winger he needs to get someone young and capable in here ASAP.