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01-26-2013, 01:58 PM
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HE ISN'T WORTH A SECOND ROUND PICK. He is a third line guy on most teams in the NHL. You said it yourself ... last year he played LIMITED THIRD LINE minutes for Calgary, a terrible team. That sums it up for me. He might have value, but not a second round pick. That goes in a package for a significant piece, not a minor upgrade over Kennedy.
I'd rather give a second for Glencross personally.
Glencross won't be dealt for a second round pick..
Please suggest a better option, considering other teams needs?
Calgary was terrible because of their lack of top end centreman and top 4 d, not because of their depth at wing.. Stempniak needs to play with a playmaking centreman; something he's never really had..
You can make a case that Stempniak isn't worth a second, but he's likely the best option you'll get for what will likely be 56-60 overall.. That second rounder isn't helping the Pens on the ice anytime soon..
You can argue Kennedy vs Stempniak all day too, but its really Stempniak vs Tangradi because up until last night he was in the top 6... Sure, bump Kennedy up, but that puts Tanner Glass on the third line..
Stempniak for a 2nd is a big upgrade on the wing for a team who'd be willing to part with this player to give Baertschi more minutes..
Lets not forget that Pittsburgh could also use another top 4 defensive d man that will likely mean taking on more salary as well..
Realistically I'd love to see Iginla or Perry on Crosby's wing, but that's not happening without giving up multiple significant pieces and taking on 7+ million in cap. NTM both could possibly walk after this year for nothing as UFA.
Stempniak is a RH finisher, capable of putting up 20-25 and possibly more playing with one of the two best centreman in the world... He really is a very similar player to Pascal Dupuis, except RH and more skilled..
So, please suggest a better option that the other team would be on board with, taking into consideration that Pittsburgh likely needs another top 4 dman if they hope to contend for the cup? Taking on 7 million dollar Iginla doesn't leave many options to fill out the rest of the roster this and next year.
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