It's all about risk/reward. Staal is significantly better than Sutter. True, Staal was going to walk but you may be looking at another cup
Staal was not gonna make a difference against Boston, maybe if they would have won a game at least but getting swept like that. a third line center won't make a difference that big. They had Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz, Dupuis, Morrow, Iginla... thats more firepower than you'd need.
I know Jordan's defensive play is good but that was not really the problem, the Pens lost cause they couldnt score mostly
And now, a Penguins defense which is already not great and for which there are no answers on the free agent market, will get worse if they deal him.
It's shrewd to do it once, but keep doing it and you get diminishing returns. And the Devils have kept plenty of players who they've gone to the last second with.
haha for a second i thought you were saying Letang was not great....
cause obviously that can't be what you meant........ right?