The Panthers are not going anywhere, need a potential No. 1 center and can afford to wait for Whitney to recover from injury, who essentially replaces J-Bo next season. They will need to resign Staal and add a scoring forward or two in the off-season, but will have plenty of cap space so to do. In the interim, they unload vets at the trade deadline, stockpile picks and once again wait until next year.
Playing with Crosby, Horton will score a huge number of goals. Adding J-Bo will potentially be enough to win the cup and he will probably take a discount to re-sign with Pittsburgh.
Staal will be a RFA and J-Bo an UFA. Horton and Whitney are both signed to comparable, favorable long term deals. If Pittsburgh wants to even up the $2.6 million cap differential , they can throw in Sykora and his $2,500,000 or Gill and his $2,000,000 salary.
First and a pretty good prospect better be going to Florida.
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As a Pittsburgh fan, I probably wouldn't do it, and here's why:
Whits and Horton is a wash for me, seeing as how Whitney had a foot problem to blame for his regression last year, while Horton's plateaued for the last 3 years and is now being outproduced by Tyler Kennedy, who's even playing with less productive linemates.
Given the Pens strengths and weaknesses though, I'd do a Whitney for Horton swap straight-up.
J-Bo, too, has had his numbers dwindle every season since the lockout, he was underwhelming in the WCs last year and vastly outplayed by Brent Burns, and though I haven't seen him play in '08-'09, I haven't heard great things. But most importantly, he's almost certainly going to command a contract in excess of 7 mil a year, which really isn't in the Pens budget. Meanwhile Staal will be re-signable for about 4.5 mil max, and he's got the upside.
Pretty good proposal, but because I attribute a lot of Whitney's play last year to injury, the Florida pair have stagnated, and J-Bo would cost too much to re-sign, I'd pass.
Last edited by Rowdy Roddy Peeper: 11-29-2008 at 11:16 AM.