The performance of Jordan Staal in games 6 and 7, played a big factor in the Penguins upsetting the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final.
In the final two games of the series, Staal took his game to the next level. He didn’t light up the scoresheet but he was strong in both ends of the ice and Friday night might have been the most complete game I have seen from Staal all season.
He stepped in for the injured Sidney Crosby and played his heart out, winning battles in the corners and like the rest of his teammates, put it all on the line.
I have been hard on Staa at times as I feel expectations should have been a bit higher for him in year three, after being the 2nd overall selection in 2006.
Staal will never be the consistent scorer that some people want him to be, but last night’s game could be a turning point in his development.
Pittsburgh will be receiving a tons of calls about Staal, like they did during the trade deadline.
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Penguins General Manager Ray Shero will meet with each player one-on-one tomorrow morning as the Penguins will clean out their lockers for the season.
In previous end of the year one-on-one meetings Shero has been straight to the point with his players, especially pending free agents.
Last year Shero made it know to his team, that
Marian Hossa was the teams primary target.
Pittsburgh’s priority right now is Ruslan Fedotenko as Shero began discussions with Allan Walsh weeks ago.
* We’re hearing Sidney Crosby suffered an MCL injury. It’s not believed to be anything serious.
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