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11-06-2009, 11:45 AM
Gotta Catch Em Staal
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My gut feeling is that if the trade deadline comes and there are offers for Whitney, he will waive his NTC for the right team. He is 37, and sure he has won the Cup, but most players will tell you that doesn't make the hunger go away. He is one of the fiercest competitors on our team. I'm not sure how much of an issue the family thing is either. Players are away from their families for half the season anyway on road trips and whatnot, and with retirement on the horizon it doesn't seem out of the question for him to be willing to move somewhere and live out of a hotel or apartment for a few months to have another kick at the can. If he doesn't waive it then that's certainly his right, and I wouldn't crucify him for it (see Mats Sundin), but if this team is still as horrible then as it is now I could easily see Ray enjoying the chance to escape from it for a brief time and play for a contender.

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