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05-15-2012, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by UniverStalinGraduate View Post
This is all true Miller Time, but while the Habs and Staal could conceivably come to some sort of consensus about a number to re-sign at, the fact remains that they would not be able to sign him.

Who knows what kind of character Staal has, maybe he changes his mind once July 1st comes along and says no amount of monye will stop him from testing the market.

Trading for players who are already making big time money and are so close to UFA is not the right path to building a consistent contender.
Are you seriously suggesting Staal would lie to his new organization that would WANT him and give him an increased role? If this is a draft day deal, do you seriously expect him to back out of his word a mere 1-2 weeks later?

It's not a handshake. It's a contract written up and all that needs to be done is sign on the line July 1st.

It's one thing if Staal backs out on the deal and 'changes his mind'. That's unlikely as it is but his representation...his agent would lose all credibility around the hockey world. Few people will bother with a guy who endorses such actions.

The last time this ever came was with Nylander and he was a UFA and screwed the oilers.

I'm not sure if you know this but Staal is signed for another year after this one. I assume you do so and in light of that, do you seriously expect him to agree in principle to a deal and brush it off for an entire year while playing for the habs?

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