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01-17-2013, 11:18 AM
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domaug*
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i only voted 50/50 split because that's what i expect to happen. some people will hold a small grudge against him for not wanting to re-sign for 10 years at $6M per year because he didn't like his role on the Pens. i think he did what he had to do to make sure the Pens actually got a good return from him by just rejecting the contract and not outright going up to the media outlets saying he wants out. if he did the latter, the Pens wouldn't get what they got.

i think Staal handled it the respectful way and he deserves cheers. it's not like he turned down the money because he thought he was worth more, he only turned it down because he knew exactly what role he would have signed himself into for the next decade and he didn't want that. i can't fault him for wanting a bigger role on another team because, quite frankly, he's played well enough to earn a bigger role.

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