Jordan Staal Speculation: Would Penguins Be Wise to Trade Him for No. 1 Pick?

May 1st, 2012 by Andre Khatchaturian Leave a reply »
After an unceremonious exit in the first round of the playoffs to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins now look ahead to the offseason. 

With an expiring Collective Bargaining Agreement looming, there is uncertainty in terms of how the Penguins will be able to retain Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal along with guys like James Neal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang, who will all be commanding top dollar.

Keeping the three centers will be an unbelievably difficult task even with the current CBA. If the players' association wins the negotiations, that will make it an even more arduous task to keep the big three.

Penguins GM Ray Shero expressed concerns after the playoff loss to the Flyers about being able to keep Crosby, Malkin, and Staal. Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Common sense, I’d love to keep all three of them. They’re great players. They’re not even in their prime yet. But we’ll have to wait to see. We’ve had these players for a number of years now. We had success for a couple of years now. Went to the finals, won the (Stanley) Cup. But at the same time, there& ...

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