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by Paul on 05/04/12 at 04:14 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After months of living without meaningful NHL trade rumours, speculation and gossip, finally something to sink our teeth into.
Thank you, Jordan Staal - or at least, the people pondering Staal’s future with the Pittsburgh Penguins, given that he is down to the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.5-million, after which he will become an unrestricted free agent.
The thought that Staal might be available is tied mainly to two factors: one, Pittsburgh’s burgeoning payroll, and the uncertainty over how the next collective bargaining agreement will look; and two, the notion that with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ahead of him on the depth chart, Staal will forever be a third-line centre with top-six talent, unless he moves to greener, different pastures.
continue including the possibility of Crosby not wearing the Penguins sweater…
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