The Official Jordan Staal Thread, Part III
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05-10-2012, 10:44 AM
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Ya it is kind of obvious...
Staal is not a winger and of the big three, i am beyond certain he is the one who would struggle the most at wing.
If he comes back, then Malkin has to go to wing. There is simply no other way to utilize these three in a better manner.
For the people who want Staal back, to pay him what it will take to retain him, you better accept that means Malkin to wing. Because you don't pay a guy like Staal that kind of money to play wing.
Malkin is a team guy, so he will do it, and excel as I always said. Will he be pissed to a certain extent? Maybe...
You cant avoid the reality that for Staal to be in the top 6, someone has to play wing and Staal is the worst fit...
Yeah, Malkin will do it. Frankly, he's the biggest 'team guy' on the Pens. But, I'm not sure that he's a 8.7M per year winger (even though he'll make the best of it). And, I'm not sure that he wouldn't or shouldn't be pissed. IMO, I could see it getting grating after a while if enough people note (embellish a little, perhaps) that 'arguably the best center in hockey is being forced to play wing to accommodate Jordan Staal and that perhaps it would be in his interest to find a team willing to play arguably hockey's best center at center when his contract expires'. I just don't know that I'd ever expect even Geno would be that selfless . . .
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