Everyone Needs a Good Wingman! Jordan Staal Set To Become a Top Six Forward

July 5th, 2010 by Derrick Finlay Leave a reply »
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Penguins are in search of a third line center so that Jordan Staal can move up to one of the top two lines. If they are indeed successful in signing one, it would free up Staal to showcase his offensive abilities, something all Penguins fans have been waiting for.

The Gazette states that the Penguins could be interested in Rob Niedermayer, former Penguin Dominic Moore, Jeff Halpern, John Madden, or Ryan Johnson. Niedermayer or Madden would make the most sense as they both provide the defensive prowess Staal has show during his tenure as arguably the best third line center in the NHL.

Madden, though, is an unlikely signing considering he made just under $3 million with Chicago last season. I would love to see Niedermayer in a Penguin uniform.

Assuming a signing occurs, the Penguins must decide if Staal should move up to the first line, forcing him to move to the wing, or have Staal center the second line and move Malkin to the wing.

Both have their benefits, but to me, there is only one logical answer.

The right move, in my opinion, is to have Staal play between Malkin ...

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