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06-22-2012, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Illinihockey View Post
If Staal didn't sign in Pitt he's not signing here....going to Carolina to be with his brother.
I wouldn't count on that, as I'm not sure they'd pay him what he wants. New York on the other hand... I could see them making a run after him if they don't get Nash.

Originally Posted by UsernameWasTaken View Post
I haven't heard about that.

One problem I have with moving anyone for Staal is it seems (1) he isn't interested in signing a long term deal; and (2) we don't know whether the season will start on time given the CBA negotiations.
...meaning, we run the risk of giving something up for Staal only to have him play for us on a condensed year and then bolt.

I wouldn't want to move Hammer for him (assuming the rest of the roster stays the same) b/c it would leave a hole in D and we may end up with a player for a year or less.
I'd probably rather keep Hammer, but I just don't think that's going to be the case... so if we do indeed deal him, I'd be fine with a deal for Staal, rounding out our top 6 and finally giving us a legit #2 C.

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