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05-10-2012, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Hook View Post
I think you just nailed what Ray Shero's sales pitch to him will be in July.

I personally think he stays, but he knows he can get more money and a legit 1st or more likely 2nd line C role somewhere else. The Pens can promise him a different role, but that doesn't mean he'll buy it. He's consistently been stuck behind the other two his whole career. I'm sure he's going to be skeptical that things are going to be different.
He can walk/get traded and possibly be a #1 center somewhere else. But that doesnt mean hes going to go to a good team. This is all going to come down to what Staal wants in his future. If hes only going for money he will get traded and sign some stupid contract in the 6-7mil range on another team and probably not win another cup. If he wants to be on a winning team then he knows hes going to have to take something in the Kesler range. Staal may be good enough to be an elite defensive center capable of putting up 80-100 points a season. Or he could sink on a different team and never do anything the rest of his career.

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