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Would You Make This Trade?  Jordan Staal For Dave Bolland And Others

from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

So what could the Hawks get back for Bolland? There are rumors which seem to have some basis coming out of Pittsburgh that 6-foot-4, 220-pound center Jordan Staal will be available via the trade market. He has one year left on a deal with a salary cap hit of $4 million. He’ll be an unrestricted free-agent after next season as will teammate Sidney Crosby. Staal, 23, had 25 goals and 25 assists in 62 games last season and would be a perfect fit for the Hawks….

Bolland alone won’t get Staal. Not even close. But Bolland and hot prospect Brandon Saad might get the Penguins to the table. Saad is a Pittsburgh native and very popular in that area. A package of Bolland, Saad, another prospect and a first-round pick or two might get Staal to Chicago.

The Penguins undoubtedly would want to trade Staal to a Western Conference team and the Hawks likewise, with Bolland heading the other way. Maybe it takes another player from the Hawks roster but the Penguins might not want that kind of salary additions assuming Crosby gets big dollars. If they insist on including Nick Leddy or Niklas Hjalmarsson, the Hawks should still do it.



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awould's avatar

Saad is a Pittsburgh native and very popular in that area.

Sure, Pittsburgh is gonna really give extra value to a prospect because he is from Pittsburgh and supposedly very popular still. As though the Pens need some local boy prospect to help sell tickets. If this is the level Stan Bowman thinks on (and i am sure it isn’t), then he’ll be out of a job very soon. Among the dumbest reasons ever written for why a trade might work.

Posted by awould on 05/24/12 at 05:34 PM ET


From Staal’s standpoint, why would he want to go to Chicago? He’d be the third or fourth guy in Chicago just like he is in Pittsburgh behind Crosby and Malkin. Sure, Shero can trade him there, but from the Chicago standpoint, I wouldn’t feel good about retaining him, verses having him run to a team looking to pay for and play a #1 center after 1 year. And, if being the #1 guy isn’t important to Staal (all he has to do is talk to his brother in NC to find out why that comes with problems), why wouldn’t he want to stay in Pittsburgh on a long deal? Does Chicago really have the cap space to sign Staal and retain all of their big guns long term?

Posted by penguinsfan on 05/24/12 at 05:45 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

I don’t think Chicago can do it.  Maybe for this year, but I can’t see them retaining him.  It would work good for Pittsburgh because Bolland would work as a third fourth liner there.

I can really only see Calgary, Columbus and Dallas as western teams able to or interested in doing it.

Could they move Matt Stajan (among others) for him?  Maybe throw in Glencross or Comeau or some draft picks?

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 05/24/12 at 06:33 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

This is based on nothing except how I would feel if I were Staal, in a very loose, hypothetical way. But I would think regardless of a trade, he would be focused on getting to UFA before re-signing with the Pens or the team they (hypothetically) trade him to. I can see some allure to being able to play in Carolina or New York (or heck, even somewhere else if the stars align) where he can play alongside family. That’s a pretty rare experience in the NHL, and as a player that has already won the top team accolades possible, being able to rip up and down the ice with your brother might be a blast.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/24/12 at 06:49 PM ET


I just do not see him going anywhere in the next five years.  Shero is very loyal and staal was his first draft pick.  Sid and geno are going to retire penguins… But I would not bet against staal staying with the pens either.  Nothing wrong with keeping all three.  I expect staal will be on Sids wing in 2012 with Neal on genos wing.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/24/12 at 11:47 PM ET

awould's avatar

Shero is very loyal and staal was his first draft pick.

I think it has more to do with Staal wanting 2 things: more money and more responsibility. Maybe Shero would make a deal to keep him but not at the expense of the team’s long-term health.

Moving him to Sid’s wing might work, provided he wants to play wing. But most of what I’ve read has never mentioned him moving positions, it’s all been about wanting a bigger role as a center.

The problem for them is a year from now they have to get contracts for Crosby and Staal both. Then the next year they have to get Letang and Malkin. All four will get more money and Staal and Letang are due big raises. Be a real top heavy cap hit. Ask the Blackhawks how that’s worked out.

Posted by awould on 05/25/12 at 12:37 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

The other problem for the Pens is how that D disintegrated last season. Staal is the best chip they have to improve it.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/25/12 at 10:52 AM ET


Huh? No.

If Shero had wanted Saad, he would have drafted him.

And while Pittsburgh’s D needs work, Leddy’s no answer. They already have about 6 of him.

So the trade would be Staal for a far worse version of Staal, a prospect they don’t want and a type of D they don’t need.


Posted by larry from pitt on 05/25/12 at 05:34 PM ET


Chicago can do this based on their cap structure, even if they do win the Suter derby. 

Staal for Bolland/Frolik/pick.  Chi gets a #2 C Pit gets possibly most effective checking line #3C in league, a young/fast/RW, and a future.  Clears the road for Pit to make cap limits.  Although they may just want Bolland 3.5M thru 2013-14 and picks/prospects since Frolik brings 2.4M with him.  This makes the most sense of any trade scenario proposed for Staal - for both teams.

Posted by JJ from CHI on 05/25/12 at 08:11 PM ET

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