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10-25-2008, 12:53 PM
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The problem is, when looking at trading Staal cap wise, it makes no sense. to get a significant upgrade on the wing, we would have to, most likely, made a deal that will have us taking salary on, which, with malkin getting what a 5-6million dollar raise next season will be difficult to do. this team has 42 mil in salary locked up with the following gaps to fill (using the current lineup)

Dupuis, Sid, Malkin
empty(Fedo), RFA (Staal),empty (Sykora)
empty (Satan), RFA (Talbot), Kennedy
Cooke, empty (Ziggy), Godard
rfa (Bisso)
rfa (Thomas)

Of note; Pesso, Taffe, Minard, James, Gove UFA next season, Stone, Filewich, RFA,

Gonchar, Orpik
Whit, Eaton
Letang, Gogo
empty (Gill, Sydor, Scuds)

Fleury, empty (sabu)

That is, counting rfa's 6 forwards 1 defender and a backup goalie that will need to be signed with less than 20 mil to spend.

Right now Staals cap hit is only 2.2 mil, with only about 100k in free cap space you're going to be hard pressed to find a quality player who can play a top 6 role and fit under the cap for this season.

Our best hope is that Staal plays well defensively and this team wins without him racking up the points, we sign him to a modest raise, say something comparable to O'sullivan, so in the 3 yrs 3 mil range, and then after next season when gonchar is off the books the team can then, if need be, trade staal when we've recently freed 5 mil off the books for a slightly older more goal scoring type of player.

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