The future of Marc Staal
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03-13-2014, 05:01 PM
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I said he had a very good season. I'm not knocking him because of one game.
It's what he's going to command. It's his first time at UFA, and he's had two very serious injuries. Look at 2015-16. Six players committed to 36 million bucks (if no Richards buyout). MSL is a UFA. Stepan and Hagelin will get bridge contracts. Staal is a UFA. Say they give Staal six million. Swap him with Richards following a buyout.
35 million bucks for six players (Nash, Henrik, Girardi, Staal, Klein, McDonagh). 40 million for the remaining 15-16 skaters. MSL, Stepan and Hagelin will combine for 12-14 million.
It will be more the same mediocrity. 6-9 seed. 15-22nd pick. Rinse, repeat.
The only three people who are absolutely untouchable are McDonagh, Kreider and Henrik. Maybe Stepan.
Everybody else will continue to do what Sather and Dolan want -- average season, a couple of playoff home dates, continue the cycle.
Marc Staal getting a new contract with a cap hit of 6M/year will in no way adversely effect this team's ability to be successful. That's a reasonable contract for a player of his caliber in the current era.
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