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01-01-2012, 02:29 PM
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Kirk Muller
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Originally Posted by Rutabaga View Post
If Staal is not that big and canadian, im quite sure that hes not praised that much.
A big center is a factor. Its not the be all end all but its a factor because its elusive. Him being Canadian HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY OF IT.

Montreal hasnt had a center like a Staal in what 15-20 years now?

The excitement over someone like Staal is the fact he is 6-4, 220 pounds, is just 23 and has already essentially two 50 point seasons under his belt in a non offensive role. Even on this years Pens where there is no Crosby, he is 8th on Pittsburgh in PP time, last year 10th, year before that 8th. Top PP minutes would likely add 10-20 points more a year. He already has three 20 goal seasons under his belt as well. Thats why any team would love to have a player like this and its a tough pill for people to swallow because down the middle, Pittsburgh already has Malkin and Crosby.

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