Jordan Staal traded to Carolina for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, 8th overall
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06-25-2012, 08:03 AM
No cap on coaching!
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I am totally on Jiggy's side on this one.
Malks4TopWings: I know from past experience that you (also) like advanced stats. Do try and look up Sutter's. He played overwhelmingly the toughest competition of any forward on that team, and was the only regular with a higher QOC (and CORSI Rel. QOC) than Tim Gleason. Jordan has never drawn as consistently tough matchups as Brandon Sutter did last year. That is of course because opponents will reserve a lot of their strenght for Sid/Geno, but just the same.
He ended up a -3 on a -30 team. Sutter will/should draw every bit as tough opposition as Staal did, and while there isn't the same scoring upside, we are still talking about a very significant salary difference both next season and more so going forward - a difference that can be committed to making our REAL stars that much more lethal (and like I have said before Staal is not among them, we are a Sid plus Geno team. Sid+Geno+Letang if you want to stretch it) - and/or bolster the D some more.
I'll have no grievances about not seeing Staal there. We still have one of the best 3rd line C's in the league, and it is up to Shero and Bylsma to make sure that we bring the cap-room to bear in a positive fashion.
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