Thread: Speculation: Jordan Staal V
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05-27-2012, 10:27 PM
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Ugene Malkin
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Originally Posted by jeromeo87 View Post
The asking price for Rich Nash to NYR was at least Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider, either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, and a first-round pick. Based on that, J.Staal+Martin is equal to Rick Nash's value?

Jordan Staal is good. Actually, forget that. Jordan Staal is really good. HOWEVER, he's not THAT good. And yeah, Martin's contract is just...no. I DO think Martin has some left in the tank, but he's simply not worth what he's being paid.

I don't think Pittsburgh can expect to meet ALL of their team needs by dealing Jordan Staal.
The reason why Martin looked so bad is because of the system they were playing this past season doesn't suite him. His first season with the team they had to play a more balanced system where it was more defensive because of certain players being lost for the season. The forwards were coming back on the back check helping out. This past season Dan Blysma went with a more offensive approach that's well documented that they would keep the puck in the offensive zone as their defensive scheme. Now the problem with that is, they get caught a lot at the other teams blueline or just inside it on a lot of bad pinches, bad bounces that usually ended up in their net because the forwards were caught in deep forcing the offense.

Now if you put Martin back into his usual role on a team that's pushing a solid defensive game like NJD, Minny, ect... he'll look every bit worth his contract, but if they're are pushing the offensive game, that's not his forte. Martin for some reason can't comprehend offensively past the opponents blueline. He's great on the puck retrieval and getting it out of his zone if the forwards are back to give him the outlet passes. He can also carry it out well.

His biggest flaw is not being able to handle bigger players deep in his zone,(board battles) but if he gets there first he can outlet the puck.

Paul Martin is a bad fit not a bad player.

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