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04-07-2009, 03:54 PM
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I dont see this working for the Penguins to be honest, when it shakes down it is basically a Sharp for Staal deal.
The 2 contracts are basically a wash.
Staal is significantly younger, plays more minutes, kills penalties and i think most importantly still has a
huge amount of upside
More upside than what Sharp is already producing at?
I mean, Staal is going to be a great player one day, but he's not a sniper. Sharp is already a 35-goal scorer, and he's still improving. Put him with Crosby, and he'll get at least 10 more per year, maybe even more. And it's not like Sharp isn't going to play in the NHL for another 8-10 years.
Staal has already been fairly unsuccessful playing with Crosby. It's safe to say that he can be a regular 30 goal scorer, but he's not going to put in 45 like Sharp can.
The real question is NOT "how young is a player?" The real question is "how long is a player going to stay with a team?" Just because Staal is younger, doesn't mean he's going to stay with the Pens longer than Sharp would, especially if Staal is looking for an even bigger raise next time.
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