Here we are, holding up the tail in regards to the trade. Are we the last blog on the planet to mention it? It sure is possible.
I don’t really want to talk about the return. I don’t want to talk about how Jordan Staal was sooooo dreamy. I don’t want to talk about puck bunnies. I don’t want to talk about fan favorites. I don’t want to talk about how Brandon Sutter feels about being traded.
The only thing that matters is building a sustainable, winning, team in the salary cap era. That is what Ray Shero must do. It was honestly the only move to make.
Jordan Staal wanted to go, Ray Shero obliged. That is a classy move. He sent Staal exactly where he wanted to go, with really no leverage, and still got a really good package. It was as good as Shero could have done.
He could have stuck with Staal, kept the team the same and hoped for another Stanley Cup, but is that what you really want? A team that underachieved last year? A team that seems to desperately need some sort of shakeup?
I doubt anyone actually wants that.
Zybnek Michalek was also traded, dumping a really large salary. Are the Pens that much worse then they were? Not really. Maybe slightly, but remember Shero makes moves. Free Agency is coming, and trades are still going to be made. On paper the Penguins might be weaker, though just slightly, but if you take into account the salary saved the Penguins will get more of a return then just what they received in these trades. The rest of the return will come in high end players signing with the Penguins.
Wingers for Sid? That very well could happen.