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04-26-2012, 08:43 AM
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So chain, Staal wants a larger role, that is why he want's out of Pittsburg.
Hodgson was the same with Vancouver.
Do you actually believe they would make Ennis the 3rd line center and give Staal and Hodgson the 1st and 2nd roles?
The Staal idea is just a pipedream I'm afraid. There is no reason to believe the Sabres, who are trying to build a class organization and have publicly stated they like Ennis at center, would put Staal and Hodgson in that position.
I think one of them, either Hodgson or Ennis, gets the cake offensive zone starts akin to what Ennis was getting down the stretch with Buffalo or Hodgson got in his rookie-of-the-month stretch in Vancouver. They get the V-R-S type of "easy" minutes which will help drive their production offensively since they've both shown they can produce in that situation.
In this scenario, Staal gets first PK, first PP, and regular ES minutes, slotting in as likely top ToI guy. Ennis/Hodgson split 2/3 and one of them gets the nightly perk of catching teams third pairing. Staal has an expanded role, Hodgson has an expanded role.... win-win.
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