The Pittsburgh Penguins are faced with a tough decision, as Ray Shero explained with the upcoming CBA situation with 3 great centers that will be difficult to keep. As I have written, my choice is clear. The Local Penguin Fans are even more torn, which is further proof on how difficult this is going to be for Shero.
Darren Dregger from TSN was interviewed on a local radio station today and was asked the same question. He also said that Staal would be who he would keep. He said that a player like Staal is a terrific 2 way young player still with amazing upside. “These type of players do not come around often.” Dregger said.
The Fans of Pittsburgh, at least the one’s calling in were all over the place but from the hours that I listened…I must say they leaned toward moving Malkin. This Penguins team needs defense, and getting rid of one of the league’s premier 2 way centers would be a huge mistake in my opinion. Malkin is a scorer, and a tremendous one at that. But he is also undisciplined and shows ability to lose interest throughout the season.
As the summer plays out and the CBA gets settled, there is a great chance the salary cap number will either stay where it is or shrink. With that being the case, look for a deal to happen this year as opposed to next. They can still get tremendous value for either player this season, but next season their value will be considerably less because they will be free agents after the season. Also, I am not convinced this situation with the 3 centers and their ego’s will continue to work even as well as it has up to now.