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06-03-2012, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Chancellor Vitale View Post
What makes you think an extension has to be part of the deal? Many teams might take a chance on letting him play there a full season and trying to sign him next spring / summer.
Because the minute I heard about Staal possibly getting traded when the playoffs ended, this entered my mind. Although I cannot recall specific examples at the moment, it is not at all unprecendented to have a player be given permission to speak with other team(s) about an extension if he is not willing to sign one with his current team. It just makes total sense in order to maximize value.

Then, about a week later, Bob MacKenzie mentioned the very same thing on TSN. Again, it's just common sense in order to maximize value if they were going to move him....although MacKenzie's comment was probably more founded on evidence than my thought, which was just logical assumption.

That said, I still think he will be re-signed. But if he's not, then I think the above applies.

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