What is the community opinion about possibly trading Eric Staal?
In my opinion, he is a complimentary player, not a leader. He was at his best when he had Brind'amour to lead the way and great wingers (as someone else recently pointed out) to help him score. As a leader and the team's go-to guy, he gets all the defensive attention (much to Skinner's benefit), and gets frustrated a lot. He has never struck me as a very inspirational captain either.
Obviously his big contract is a real problem, but I wonder if we might not be able to trade him straight for another highly-paid first line talent.