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04-07-2009, 05:50 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
I think the value is close to right on this deal, but I don't think the Hawks would do it. Sharp is a key member of the team and a leader in the room. The Hawks finally found their guy in Pahlsson and will make every attempt to re-sign him as our third line guy.
Bolland is the Hawks #2 guy. He is already on par with Staal. He has less goal scoring ability but much better play-making ability. He is as good defensively and on the PK. The only other thing Staal has on him is size. The Hawks need is to keep Pahlsson as a third line center, not aquire a guy like Staal that is going to require a bigger paycheck. I wanted Staal on the Hawks for a while, but I don't think he is a good fit any more.
By the way, expect Pahlsson to score a lot more points in Chicago with the system we play. If he stays next year, I expect him to have a career year in points playing with Ladd and Byfuglien. And yes, Byfuglien is an NHL caliber player. Plus he still has huge upside. But he is overpaid for sure.
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