I like him, don't get me wrong, but it'd be very risky because we don't know if he'd sign an extension here, and he'd be hard for us to move at the Trade Deadline because teams will say, "If he didn't want to sign with Boston, why would he sign here? We can just wait until July 1st (2013) to make a run at him." Also, the asking price will be deep on behalf of Shero. Darren Dreger said that Carolina is interested and a package would start with the #8 Overall Pick.
the number they are kicking around is 60 mill over 10 years... if he turned it down to play a backup roll in pittsburgh then he isnt going to take it to play a backup roll in boston.
i dont see his upper end potential to be enough to make me want him ahead of seguin or bergeron here and certainly not at 60 mill over 10 years.
i see him as a guy that wants to play for a particular team or with particular teammates. i believe there is a ton of fire behind the smoke that he wants to end up wherever his brother is and that makes the logical landing spot as carolina.
carolina is saying they want to make a deal for a second line center anyhow and there was a retarded rumour that they were going to give up the 8 pick for gagner out of edmonton. the 8th pick would be worth almost as much as id be willing to give for staal and if carolina truely is willing to part with it then they are going to beat any offer id personally give up for staal.
so when you factor it in.. that he isnt willing to sign to be a third line guy... that he costs too much to be a third line guy... that we got better people in our 1/2 depth spots... and that carolina is going to beat our offer anyhow likely and he seemingly wants to be in carolina... then this is just a total dead end for us
I think Staal could improve this team, it would be nice to have a high end left handed centre to run the power play on the otherside of the ice (we don't have this luxury). When you factor in money and how Staal wants to play with his brother it is irrelevent
Jordan Staal is Patrice Bergeron, with slightly more offensive potential and slightly less defence. He's not good enough to play #1 centre, he's a perfect #2 centre. Which the Bruins have. Not worth the farm.