Us fans at Pensburgh and the Post Gazette have all been talking about Jordan Staal moving to Line Two with Evgeni Malkin to form a "Staalkin" line. There seems to be two camps of the conversation, the pro-Staalkin and the anti-Staalkin line. The pro-Staalkin group is arguing that Staal is too good for the third line, the Pens can't afford another Top 6 winger, and Malkin needs some help with his linemates. The anti-Staalkin group is arguing that moving Staal or Malkin to wing would take away our strength down the middle, and we would lose the mismatches that having Staal on the third line creates.
Here is one thing that I think is being lost in this debate: What does Staal want? Think about it. If you were him,would you want to play on the third line for your whole career, or light up the lamp with one of this generation's best players in Evgeni Malkin?
If we don't make Staal our second line center, he will leave the Penguins when his contract is up, and some other team will snatch him up. Malkin needs a spark to help him rebound from his bad year, Staal needs some more talent around him, and the third line will manage. (at least it will still have Matt Cooke!) Staal also put up tremendous numbers (29 G, 13 A) in his ROOKIE year playing with Geno. What's to lose? Oh, and if you google Jordan Staal, the first hit is pictures of him, but if you google Crosby you have to scroll down to see the pictures. Just sayin............