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06-19-2012, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Drake1588 View Post
I came in here expecting to hate it... but that proposal isn't bad. It's well thought out, in general. Value is solid.

The problem, for me, is that the Penguins are a contender, give up a core player and get back draft picks. Those are very good draft picks, but that's all futures. They want to win now. They'll get a young player who may be good for about 50 points next year, in a sheltered role.

Unless the cap is about to crash, and unless the salaries of Malkin and Crosby are going to go significantly higher than their already substantial levels (doubtful, in my opinion), the Penguins don't need to shed salary so badly that they deal Staal for picks.

Yakupov will be a top player, but not for 3-4 years. That timeline doesn't fit for Pittsburgh.
Reason and logic in the general forums. No way.

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