The last peice to the puzzle for this off-season...
we made minimal moves (which many have said over the past few off-seasons is the better move) We are leaving it up to our young guns to improve and make this their team...
Staal is left to be signed and with the signing of Kovy to a 17 year deal, Sather is in a position to dish out a ******** contact as well...
Why not sign Staal to a 19 year, 95 mill (5mill cap hit)... Front loaded the first 10 years... Plays till he's 42 like Kovy.
Since it's front loaded it offers many advantages.
A) The buyout at the end if he's not worth 5mill is minimal..
B) Gives Marc incentive to just retire when he can't play at an elite level without worrying about loosing a good deal of money..
C) Locks him up at a reasonable Cap hit... (will be an underpayment through his prime)
If the NHL is going to allow this loophole to be used it's either use it to our advantage or be left behind in this Salary cap era where it's all about Bargin Cap hits on players...
Staal hasn't done anything to warrant the overpayment Sather is getting roped into with him. I hope for Henrik's sake that Sather brings in another scorer, because it's going to be another long season of one goal games.
Last season Staal was, to put it lightly, a mother****ing shutdown machine. In all honesty, this guy could probably break down Brad Pitt's game at a bar and walk out of the establishment with Angelina Jolie on his arm without anyone thinking twice about it.
Staal had a very good season and set career highs in every offensive category.
I never understood the "he's not as good this season" comments and I'm not even going to try and address them anymore.
Some people will never know what they have until it's gone. If Staal can post 10 goals, 35 points and shut down the other team's top guys, that's a great combination. Even if he isn't the second coming of Brian Leetch.