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by Paul on 05/24/12 at 04:18 PM ET
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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