: Value of:
Marc Staal to Carolina
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05-31-2012, 12:47 AM
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Like I said, Skinner alone would not be enough to get Marc Staal from the Rangers.
Value-wise, in a vacuum, it's fair, but again, you're going to have to overpay to get Staal away from the Rangers. He's not being shopped. This is purely hypothetical. There's about a 0.3% chance he's dealt.
Secondly, Skinner is very skilled, but to a lot of teams, and especially the Rangers who have made it a point to draft players with a certain level of character, his value is diminished because he's a whiny, diving brat with entitlement issues. Any time he feels a ref missed a penalty, he is moments away from taking a horrible retaliation penalty. Any time he's hit hard and clean, he slashes, kicks, cross checks, punches. He's a little brat, plain and simple. If he played the game the right way, his value would be much higher. Maybe maturity will come with age for him, but it doesn't always. See: Malkin.
In addition to that, Skinner is a puckhog who doesn't even attempt to utilize his linemates. It's why Staal and Skinner are a disaster playing together, because Skinner would rather try to dangle through five opposing players than give the puck to a wide open Staal.
And when he gets shut down he floats back while crying to the ref. That's the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is he takes a terrible penalty by attacking the player who committed the sin of knocking him off the puck.
In my mind, Skinner has negative trade value because he doesn't help a team win hockey games. He's a detriment to his linemates and a detriment to his team. Any competent GM would be working the phones day and night trying to find a taker for him before the rest of the league finds out what every 'Canes fan knows deep in their heart but won't admit.
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