Thread: Value of: Marc Staal to Canes
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05-01-2013, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Staal wouldn't have any problems playing in Muller's system. He's a big, mobile defender who has tremendous hockey IQ. You could put him on the ice with whatever system you want and pair him with just about any NHL capable defender and he would be excel. There's nothing extraordinary about Muller's system that would give Staal problems.
And therein is the rub. The Canes need to overhaul their D and paying that kind of price for MStaal doesn't make sense, especially when you then look at the cap constraints.

I've mostly praised Staal but some have gotten bothered because I don't agree that he is elite. Also, I didn't say he'd have problems in Muller's system but rather that the challenge would be difficult. Trust me, I'm very familiar with Torts' system and there are more differences than you acknowledge.

Again, I'd wait until he's a UFA. Mortgaging the future when there are so many holes makes no sense.

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