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01-21-2013, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by LetangInTheSO View Post
Not entirely true. What Staal wanted (/wants) is an opportunity to flourish offensively. As recently as the 90s, some teams did ice 3 "scoring" lines. Absent a cap, it would not have been unthinkable to pair Staal with a bonafide scoring talent on his wing and ice three "scoring" lines that each played 17+ mins/night...The problem with Staal wasn't that he was on the third line per se, the problem was that he was relegated to a checking line with checking-level talent on his wings (no offense to TK and Cooke).
Absent a cap we would not be worried about having replaced Staal, but one or both of Crosby or Malkin would be on the Rangers or Philly right now. Has watching the Pirates for the last three decades taught people nothing? Thank God and Bettman for the salary cap.

But move that aside. Staal wanted to be 'the man' on a top two line, and play with his brother as well. There were multiple reasons he went and the cap, which we have $15 million remaining of, was low on the list.

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