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04-07-2009, 03:56 PM
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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.
This whole thing of putting a winger with Crosby and assuming increased production is wrong to say the least. Most wingers put with Crosby have produced what they always have. I don't see Sharp being the exception.
Secondly, Crosby is a 100 point scorer. The need to have a winger on his line who can pad his stats is a bit silly. Staal is very effective in his role on this team, and he produces nice shiny stats as well.
Sharp is a fine player, but management seems to be alright with keeping Staal, and why shouldn't they? He's been improving steadily throughout this career and his best years are ahead.
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