"Moreover, Staal had no real leverage with the Rangers. No offer sheet or a realistic expectation of one. No rival league. No arbitration rights.
But they paid up anyway, ostensibly to lock Staal up and obviously believing there's greater upside to his game, particularly his offensive game, than has been demonstrated so far.
Hey, he may have Rozsival-like potential."...Cox is 100% right in criticizing the Rangers for grossly overspending on players such as Drury, Gomez, Rozsival and obviously Reddden, but I'm sorry he has no idea what he's talking about if he thinks Staal was just overpaid.
...Cox is showing his true Canadian anti-Ranger bias with this drivel. I'd be shocked if he even watched Staal play a full game last season. To say the Rangers best defenseman (which I guess isn't saying much) doesn't deserve $3.9 million per is just ignorant. It's not always about offensive numbers. Look at Orpik, he's making $3.75 million per year and scored just 2 goals to Staal's 8 last year. If Staal is overpaid what does that make Orpik in Cox's world?
...h/t to reader John D. for the link.
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