The Official Jordan Staal Thread, Part III
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05-10-2012, 02:02 PM
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I honestly don't see Burke dealing Ashton in addition to all those other pieces, but if he's crazy enough to do it and basically go against his mantra of getting bigger and meaner, then God bless him.
Having him and Tangradi in our top 9 moving forward would be a pretty nice scenario. Especially if Bennett can pan out and Neal builds on his strong season. We'll have a real balanced array of skillsets on the wing.
I'm sure he won't want to do that, but I'll bet you that's what it will take.
The 5th doesn't help him much next year, if at all (not like Staal will).
He's got Kadri, so Bozak already is 'expendable'.
Kulemin is a RFA and a question mark (Burke doesn't have Malkin
All those pieces are expendable.
Ashton, not so much, but Staal the best piece in the deal and the piece with the highest long term upside. That's what makes it different.
Push comes to shove, if Ashton is the difference between a deal and no deal, then I think Burke makes the deal. He's got to make the playoffs, period.
This deal, where he keeps his scorers and even Schenn, and comes out of it with Staal, helps him do that.
Let's ask noted Burke psychologist MrJiggyfly: Jiggy, push comes to shove and Shero says 'you want Staal, then the price is Kumy, Bozak, Ashton, and the 5th overall', does Burke pull the trigger?
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The thing is for Staal to re-sigh he has to agree to a discount (maybe a big discount) and agree to playing a role he doesn't want to play (DB will put him on the 3rd line regardless of what Shero promises him this summer).
I don't see both those things happening.
Oh, Staal may take a discount, but it will be of the low 6M variety, not south of 6M. And, he may even take the discounted deal knowing that Shero's promises are just that. BUT, the odds of it working out in either regard aren't so good, at least not good enough that Shero should listen to offers and take one if it bowls him over.
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