Staal is trash I'd rather have Franzen.. And that contract? Hell no I wouldn't even consider the guy a 1st line center
yes he has, the last thing we need on this team is another bad contract..
Staal's an excellent player. He's not Kopitar or Toews or Bergeron, but he's still a top-tier talent, which is what we need. If you don't consider him a first-line center, guess what - he'd be our second-line center. A second-line center who put up 54 points on last season's terrible, toothless Hurricanes team. (And, really, when was the last time the Hurricanes were relevant? When was the last time Staal was surrounded by high-end talent? If he were a Blackhawk, everyone would love him. If Patrick Kane were a Maple Leaf, everyone would hate him.)
As for the contract...I seem to recall you saying we should try to acquire Dion Phaneuf, whose contract is infinitely worse than Staal's because it has another 500 years left on it. Staal, on the other hand, would be entering the final year of his contract (which is why we might be able to land him). Maybe Ron Francis agrees to eat some of his salary. If he doesn't, it shouldn't be too difficult to clear the requisite cap space. Quincey's eating up $4.25M. Smith's eating up $2.75M. Kindl's eating up $2.4M. Miller and Andersson are eating up about a million apiece. (Like I've said, we have a lot of money tied up in non-essential personnel.) Trade them for futures. BOOM! Cap space! And then we sign him to a brand new deal that would keep him in Detroit for the next four or five years, which would give us a bridge between Datsyuk-Zetterberg and Sheahan-Larkin.