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04-24-2012, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Violent By Design View Post
Staal is only 24, he would be a perfect fit for the Oilers moving forward. I'm highly against moving Staal at all, but the rumor (which isn't confirmed) is that he wants more ice time and responsibilities, he would get both in Edmonton. Hell, he'd probably be their next captain considering his resume. I can't see him walking away from a golden opportunity like that to test the FA market.
There is alot of teams looking for a first or second line center Staal would be a perfect fit for. In the case of a team like Edmonton, unless I get a guarantee he will sign beyond next season no way do I take a chance.

I think Staal value increases on July 1 when he can be signed so he won't be traded for at the draft(if he gets traded at all)

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04-24-2012, 06:18 PM
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He isn't a power forward, he's best at generating offense off the rush, he doesn't go to the high traffic areas in front of the net, he doesn't punish other player physically and he doesn't use his size at all. He's like a big less skilled Phil Kessel, not the 2nd coming of Cam Neely and he's lazy as hell.
Actually he does use his size very well, and does get to the traffic areas, when he has confidence. Given the fact that he has zero confidence right now with the blues, it's easy to look at him and say he isn't a power forward. But his time in Colorado proved otherwise, he looked dominant, was the best player on the ice at times and just over powered other defenders. Is he good at creating off the rush? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean he isn't a power forward. He's a lazy guy, I'll admit, and that won't fly with Hitchcock but I have a feeling if he was on a team with an offense-first system that he would thrive

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