Free Agent Frenzy (Part VIII): Still no decision with Doan
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07-08-2012, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by
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On the defensive side of the puck, the impact he would have over Staal (who most are trading for Weber) would be minimal, in my opinion. A healthy Staal is one of the top shutdown guys in the league as it stands. Im not underselling Weber's defensive prowess, or his prowess as a player in general, but the powerplay is where he would make a larger mark.
That said, his impending contract, which will likely be 12+ years with a cap hit of $8-8.5M per year is the dealbreaker for me. I dont think Im undervaluing Weber at all when he'll come with that wild cost.
So even if we say Staal for Weber is a defensive wash, the other areas stack heavily in Weber's favor.
Plus we have to consider that McD is essentially Staal with more offense, so we now have that added flexibility to make a move.
Plus we have to consider that in two years Staal is getting a new contract. It will either be us, or it will be someone else. But either way, it will be about $6 million. Frankly, we're not getting anything special with the savings we'd have with a Staal contract versus a Weber contract.
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