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07-06-2012, 04:35 PM
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Iron Duke
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
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
Fair enough. I tend to prefer trying to see a team put its best team out there over trying to maximize assets, but I can understand the perspective. So, for me, Pittsburgh can make a move like that as trading Staal doesn't really cause them to miss a step, while trading Suter would likely have had a pretty big impact on our team's performance.

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