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06-17-2012, 01:46 PM
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Jordan Staal could be huge for this team.

-He'd slot in on the 2nd line, giving the Wild a big size advantage at center over almost any team in the NHL. Koivu. Staal. Brodziak. We would take it to the other teams every single night and more importantly, in the playoffs.

-Staal is is more of a goal scorer, less of a playmaker. That's good because our other long-term center options, Granlund, Coyle, and Phillips are more of set-up guys.

-Our time-line would be push up, as Granlund/Coyle/Larsson/Phillips could jump to wing and make more of an impact.

-Trading for J.Staal at the draft sends a signal to Parise and Suter: We mean business.

-J.Staal might actually re-sign here. Top-6 center role on an up and coming team, with a chance to become the 1st line center. Plus, Wild are the closest NHL team to Thunder Bay.

I'd offer Coyle, 7th overall, Bouchard, Cullen, and Gustafsson/Kuemper for J.Staal and the Pens 1st this year. Pens get a short and long-term replacement for Staal, a good goalie for when Fleury sucks, and a big move up in the draft to grab a star forward or Dman. Bouchard is more just a gamble for the Pens. If he ends up healthy, he'd be a good player for them.

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