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Marc Staal talks: "Not a wide gap, a chasm" (UPDATE - close to a deal?)
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06-27-2010, 03:52 PM
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This is a non-story. It's just a negotiating tactic. Sather is trying to lower the price.
Staal has no leverage, he's not going to attract an offer sheet
so this is just a question of:
1. When will he sign? No way he holds out into the season, but it could go through some of the early part of camp.
2. What kind of deal will it be? Cheap one year deal or a little more for a few more years.
Why would one of the best shut down defense men in the NHL, whom is only 23 years of age w/ his offensive game coming around, can log 25+ minutes against the opposing teams top players in an effective manner, etc, not attract an offer sheet? Like I said, he's not a 40-point center like Brandon Dubinsky whom didn't receive an offer sheet. He's one of the best up and coming shut down defense men in the NHL. Big difference. I'd honestly be shocked if he didn't receive an offer sheet.
He has a lot more leverage than Dubinsky in the same situation.
This comes down to Sather not knowing how to manage contracts and his star talent. Nothing more. You can argue he is just trying to do his "job" but he wouldn't have to do this to players like Staal if he invested in his team more rationally. It comes down to mismanagement as a GM not knowing how to handle his star talent. Staal is worth $3 - $4 million.
Don't you think he should have thought of Staal as a RFA when he signed Redden to $6.5 million and Rozi to $5 million? Good GM's foresee these things playing out in the future and plan their contracts around when key players come off the books IF they desire to resign them. They don't put their team in a stale mate and struggle to sign youthful stars because they mismanaged other contracts on their team.
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