slappybrown wrote: marek wrote:
slappybrown wrote:What amount of production from Staal, particularly at even strength given he gets limited PP time (he had 7 PP pts this year out 25-25-50 line), would make his salary acceptable to you? 30-30? Because you keep pounding on top 6, but if the production belies that moniker, than I don't care what you call him.
Um he scored 25 goals in 60 games. On the third and part time second line. Enough said. How soon everyone forgets. Jeez.
I was directing my post at AbeFrohman to be clear. But yes, of course.
I have yet to deny his production, nor upside. I am simply saying that IF he is not top 6, you are shackling Malkin or Crosby with inferior wings, tying up MUCH -needed cash (on D or up front), & setting up a potential future problem in keeping 1 of your top 2 centers happy.
Regardless...the 3-center attack has produced ZERO wins in the past 3 playoff games, and 3 straight series defeats (I recognize the injuries last year). At some point, a different direction is needed (whether spending on a shutdown D with Staal's contract moved), or improving the wing(s).
As difficult as it may be to admit, maybe the 2009 CUP was more a combination of career / playoff performances, a missing Datsyuk (by and large), and the stars aligning than it is attributable to a Pens team gelling into a consistent contender. Perhaps we have ALL been fooled by that CUP win...fooled into believing that the 2009 'system' was going to be successful going forward.
Again...to strengthen weak areas, you MUST offer talent to acquire said talent. As it is unlikely the Pens will part with Crosby, Neal, Malkin, or Letang, WHAT can be offered that would gain a good return? Staal IS their most marketable commodity (good contract, good upside, proven scoring ability, trading from center depth), and his $4 Million could be used to deal for other areas...needed areas.