I keep seeing people calling this article here brilliant and what not. I disagree. I think the article is a piece of shit.
I don’t understand how what Staal did is considered disrespectful. Yeah, the money and years he was offered were amazing, but he wasn’t guaranteed more ice time and a bigger role, something that he obviously wanted. What good is 10 years and $60 million if you’re not playing as much as you want to?
It’s hard to keep a player like Staal down to such few minutes. We’ve seen him. He’s like a little boy when he’s on the ice. He loves to play, and would love to play more minutes and have a bigger role on the team. Unfortunately, when playing second fiddle to Crosby and Malkin, that’s almost impossible (note: I am NOT blaming them once so ever).
Turning down that offer from the Penguins wasn’t a sign of disrespect. Staal wanted to do what was best for him, and playing on another team, where he is almost guaranteed a bigger role, was the answer.
It wasn’t for more money or something. It was because he wanted to play more, and hopefully breakout from the shadow that he’s been in almost his entire life.
It’s not like the Penguins are going to suffer without him. We’re still good.
So, yeah. To see all this disrespectful nonsense is pissing me off. There was no disrespect. It was a mutual decision and was the best for all parties involved. Staal gets to play with his brother and get a bigger role on a new team, while the Pens clear up millions in cap space and get some pieces that we need (*cough*a winger for Sid*cough*).
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you get if you dare insult Jordan Staal in front of me.
THANK YOU. You are a wonderful human being.