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04-25-2012, 08:49 AM
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Hmm interesting. I don't think he would trade Malkin unless Staal was signed longterm though, because Staal is a UFA a year from now. But, if they did trade Malkin, they would still have

-Arguably the best centre in the world with Crosby
-One of the top two-way centres in the world with Staal
-Top line winger with Neal
-Hopefully a legit #1 D out of the Malkin deal + a solid top 6 winger + prospect

It would round out their roster a bit better. But then again, if Crosby got injured, Staal isn't offensively gifted like Malkin and couldn't quite carry the team on his back the same way. So Staal might be the one that's available. He's the closest to UFA status, he's the lesser of the three centres, and he could still bring in a top 6 winger + top 4 D.

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