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The Three Pittsburgh Centers

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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If a move of this sort absolutely has to be made, as a Penguins fan I’d much rather Malkin be traded than Staal. 25g 25a in 62 regular season games and 6g 3a in 6 games in the playoffs. At 23 years old and 430 regular and 73 playoff games, he really put all facets of his game together this year.

Posted by NathanBC on 05/04/12 at 04:27 PM ET

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If a move of this sort absolutely has to be made, as a Penguins fan I’d much rather Malkin be traded than Staal. 25g 25a in 62 regular season games and 6g 3a in 6 games in the playoffs. At 23 years old and 430 regular and 73 playoff games, he really put all facets of his game together this year.

Posted by NathanBC on 05/04/12 at 02:27 PM ET

Or… you could trade Crosby (and let someone else deal with his head injury potential) and stick with Malkin and Staal?  If Crosby didn’t have the head injury, that’d be a laughable idea.  With it… I dunno’.  It seems fairly prudent to try to keep the two you know don’t have that problem.

The article mentions just that scenario and for those reasons.  Duhatschek seem to “get” that.  I guess we’ll find out in the next year or so here whether as a hockey guy, a players’ guy, or a marketing guy.  Because they can’t keep all 3 long-term.

Posted by Primis on 05/04/12 at 05:04 PM ET

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Is Edmonton still a possible destination?

Posted by hockeyfanland from Canada on 05/10/12 at 03:57 PM ET

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