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Was It Smart To Re-Sign Staal?

The short answer is yes. Jordan Staal, who was to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, has shown great potential and has still plenty of time to grow into a top-notch center. The more important question however is whether or not the Penguins paid too much for Staal, who’s new contract has him making $4 million a year for the next four years. Was it wise to re-sign a 3rd line center for that kind of money?

In my opinion, I believe this was the right decision to make. I do believe that the $4 million/yr is a bit steep for what Staal has brought to the ice but on the other hand this also allows Staal to be potential trade bait for the Penguins if the right kind of deal is offered. Let’s face it, if GM Ray Shero wants to build this team into a perennial Stanley Cup team, then he is going to have to free up some cap space for role players. With Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik, Ryan Whitney, and now Jordan Staal taking up almost $36 million of cap space next year, the Penguins have very little wiggle room for signing the kind of players that are needed to make a Stanley Cup team.

Jordan Staal was a smart signing but not necessarily the reasons of keeping him around for the next 4 years. If the right deal comes up for the Penguins, they would probably be wise to get either a veteran defenseman and/or a top winger for Crosby.

- PittPen

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2 comments for “Was It Smart To Re-Sign Staal?”

  1. The Sharks have a similar situation, Jonathan Cheechoo makes $3M/yr yet hasn’t really done much over the last 2+ seasons (probably due to injury). How do you justify that kind of money for a 3rd line winger when you’ve got a second liner (Ryane Clowe) making half as much and a first liner (Devin Setoguchi) making less than a third of that? I personally think we won’t trade him - we’ll have him around for our playoff push since he’s been a key part of the organization, but after this season…..

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | January 27, 2009, 10:41 am
  2. A “first liner” is not necessarily better than a “3rd line winger”. Lines are about putting together the best mixtures of chemistry and talent. Setuguchi has great potential, but he’s only been in the league for about 80 games and who wouldn’t look good playing with Thorton and Marleau? Cheecho has been around for 5 years and has been great at times. He’s still a huge asset and deserves the big payday. Setoguchi is making plenty for a rookie and if he keeps it up will get his.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | January 28, 2009, 12:31 am

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