icecats30 wrote:people that are all about staal now still need to look at the facts, so this is how i see it..
That's called "opinion".
1. Staal still isnt any good at wing, and he is way to talented to be a 3rd liner for half his career.
Why does the concept of a talented 3rd liner offend people? If the Pens are to have a 3rd line center, I'd rather he be a darn good one who can pot some goals. Taking scoring burden off of the top two lines is a Good Thing.
2. He has 7 goals, but 2 are empty netters, and 3 came in 1 game... how about we get a bigger sample size before everyone deems him "back"..don't forget.. his 29 goals before included 7 shorthanded goals.
3. IF he continues his pace, and plays like we know he can over the rest of the season.. there is no way he will sign below 4.5 million/year, and IMO that is simply WAY to much for a 3rd line center, on any level.
How much is an elite 3rd line worth, IF he develops to that level? I'd like to be able to comfortably shut down other teams' scoring lines while scoring timely goals. Get that on a consistent basis, and I'd say he's worth the money.
I much rather see him have a monster year again, let someone pay him the 5 or 5.5 million he'd probably get, and collect all the draft picks for compensation.
Those hypothetical other teams have to decide on a salary level that they're willing to pay, and correlate it with the number of draft picks they're willing to give up. As he's being deemed overrated at this point, how many first rounders is Staal really worth?
All in all, id like to see him have a huge year, help us win the cup.. and then go to a team where he can develop into the 1st or 2nd line center he was born to be.
I'd rather have him as the Penguins' elite third line center for the foreseeable future. Barring that, sign him for as reasonable a deal as possible, and use him as a trading chip. It's a better rate of return (as opposed to draft picks).