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BENEDICT FROM OTTAWA is concerned about how the return of Sidney Crosby will affect the value of Jordan Staal. He is considering shopping Staal for a player like Evander Kane.
The return of “Sid the Kid” means Staal (LW/C eligible) is now slotted as the Penguins’ third-line center behind the likes of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Considering it’s the same role he occupied when the team took home the Stanley’s Cup in 2008-09, Staal and the Penguins should be just fine. This depth chart adjustment instantly gives Pittsburgh one of the more potent third lines (Matt Cooke-Staal-Tyler Kennedy) in the League. Also, with all three of the team’s centers now healthy, coach Dan Bylsma can mix and match lines involving Staal. In the 6-3 win Friday against Ottawa, Staal tallied a goal and a plus-two rating, while getting some reps on a line with Chris Kunitz at LW and Malkin at RW. A potential trio of that caliber is a good reason to be patient in this situation. ...