I think Stajan will be a better player this year than last. I also think he'll be even better 2 years from now. As far as points go, if his totals drop I don't think it will be by much. I think he could just as easily have 60+ points. IMO he has good hockey sense.
I'm waiting to see all that great example again. He just does it all. Blocks shots, wins some faceoffs, scores points and some goals, passing that puck, getting over 40 assist points, like many elite players do. Stajan is one of the best here.
Does the fact that Antropov was about to become a free agent play a part in that?
Of course. Not only that, it's also the reason he got traded at all. Burke wanted to keep him but as soon as he heard from Antropov's agent what the salary demands were going to be, he pulled the plug.