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07-06-2012, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Iron Duke View Post
Penguins are in a vastly different situation with the two best centers in the game being ahead of Staal on the depth chart, and at least one of them locked up for a very long time.

Last off-season, hardly anybody advocated trading Suter because the focus was completely on Weber and his one-year arbitration deal and unwillingness to sign long-term. At the time, Suter became the one we were focused on keeping, since everybody figured Shea was going to be dealt, offer sheeted or gone in 2 years (and he still probably will be).

Sure, it's probably the right decision in retrospect to have dealt him (without considering the effect that would have had on the rest of the season), but that sentiment sure wasn't prevalent around here 11 months ago.
I disagree on Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh's case, it actually makes more sense to keep Staal during the year because they can afford to lose a player like him due to having Malkin and Crosby. It doesn't matter about your depth chart. If the player refuses to sign a long term deal and is a year away from UFA that has to be when you start looking at maximizing assets. At least that is my opinion

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