Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Speaking of unlikely scenarios...

This Puck Daddy article has raised an interesting question in my mind:

Is Jordan Stall the center Kovy's been needing?

Here are some pros:

- Pens current depth chart @center:
1) Sidney Crosby
2) Evgeni Malkin
3) Jordan Stall

Not sure Jord would be getting top-line minutes anytime soon. He'd probably like to be playing more, I would think.

- Speed, strength, and some pretty good ice-vision. Maybe not Crosby-esque, but better than we've had.

- UFA after this year. Could be in the $4-5 mil/yr range, according to Leahy.

- Defensive ability might cover for some of Kovy's... um... indiscretions...

- Still a youngun. Locking him up for 4-5 years wouldn't be much of a risk.

- Uh, did you SEE the Pens-Wings game?

And there are some downsides:

- It doesn't really sound like he wants to leave:
"I have a lot of great friends here. It's a great fit for me. It's a team I want to be part of. We're young and we want to grow together."
Not really the talk of someone itching to leave town.

- Draft pick compensation would be high. A 1st, 2nd & 3rd rounder, if Leahy's estimate is correct. Some might see that as giving away the future

- Is Staal what he appears? Or is this merely a hot streak?

- Let's face it, Atlanta isn't exactly a free-agent magnet, as Dan Boyle was nice enough to point out.



Mortimer Peacock said...

Staal would be a fine addition, I'd think. It's hard to tell what he's capable of, though: clearly, he's an excellent defensive forward, but his rookie season makes one wonder just how much offense he could produce.

Whatever his "true" identity, I wouldn't be against going after him. I predict he stays with the Pens though.

aaron said...

Yea... me too... but maybe he's tired of beating up on Marc and wants to job Eric for a little while...