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06-27-2010, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Inferno272 View Post
the opposite is true though as well. what recourse does Staal have aside from sitting out a full year or playing in the KHL. Do you think either is a good option for the kid? and if im not mistaken, if he sits out dont we retain his rights as if no time had passed, ie, he would still be a RFA with no arbitration rights?

He's got no bargaining power whatsoever, and only so many prime years to play with. he should take a fair deal...2.5ish per, and play with it for ~2 years, and then hes gonna get paid. big time.
Staal can wait until December and sign then, crippling the Rangers defense the first 1/3rd of the season, AND setting himself up to leave as soon as he is a UFA by never signing a long term deal with the Rangers. He can also demand to be traded and turn things back on the Rangers. Honestly if it's November and Staal is demanding a trade and the Rangers defense is awful how long until Sather either trades him (for less then market value) or caves into Staal to ease the pressure off himself and his coach?


Staal doesnt' have to sit out the year to ruin the Rangers season. This myth that he has no leverage is just that...it's a myth...Because I'd love to see what defense you can come up without Staal?

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