brwi wrote:When I'm not watching the Pens, I'm watching the Preds or Carolina usually. Sutter is a talented 3rd line center right now with some upside to his game. Very good for a 3rd line guy already and has some skill that would make him a valuable fill-in if/when Sid/Malkin are out of the line up.
Don't know if I think ths is the best move on Shero's watch as Staal is a more proven commodity than anyone else in the trade and also has some upside still himself. Sounds like Staal/agent basically told Shero there was no way in hell he'd stay in Pittsburgh and would prefer to not even stay another season as #3 center. While it was pure fantasy to expect a Skinner or Faulk in return along with the #8 pick in the draft, I think the Pens may have got the lesser end of this deal.
Not if you consider the fact that the 'leak' yesterday completely undermined the leverage Shero had to play with. Stating, even indirectly, that Staal wanted to end up a 'Cane lowered the asking price for every team...including Carolina's. If no other team knew of Staal's supposed wishes, Shero could've played the field for the best possible offer. With 28 teams knowing that they were trading for a 1 year rental, well........
I'm looking at the trade as what we got with this trade vs. what we could have lost without receiving anything back.
Shero did an amazing job, IMO. You could tell by his demeanor at the podium, and in the interview after the pick, that this was an emotional and difficult decision.