TheHammer24 wrote:Totally agree. Dejan's column is yinzer through and through. How did Staal exactly disrespect us?
The 'disrespect' was leaking the fact that he'd only be willing to extend with Carolina. The funny thing about it is...no one knows where that info came from. It wasn't a quote from Staal or his agent. It was included in a tweet from a TSN reporter (I'd link it, but the last 2 days are a blur).
For all we know, the reporter stuck his personal opinion at the end of a tweet...and the Rossi's of the world ran with it. This had been a very low-key and boring lead-up to this year's draft...until that tweet.
...or Shero leaked the info himself to force Carolina's hand
Think about it. Staal turns down the Pens best offer, basically announcing that he will not be here after this coming year. Maybe in a previous conversation with Staal he had mentioned wanting to play with his brothers in Carolina. Shero takes this info, and, when confirming to the reporter that Staal has turned down their offer and that Staal's agent so 'no extension at this time', throws in at the end 'but I think he's looking at the 'Canes after next year'.
Now, before you say 'Why would a GM severely limit his trading partners???', think of how easy that went yesterday. The deal was done in 4 hours...and he was still able to use the Rangers to leverage for Sutter...the 1 player he had to have to 'replace' Staal. No drama, no 29 teams calling every 2 seconds throwing different scenarios in your direction, no chance of causing team stress by having to deal with it. Clean cut and done...and you got good value. You also get to play the 'we did this for Staal' card, which is brilliant!
It could've blown up in his face if Carolina wasn't willing to deal, but every GM has a little riverboat gambler in him. IMO, Shero pulled a full house. Not a straight-flush, but certainly a good hand to show at the end.