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Dupes mentions the new contract for Carolina's Eric Staal and brings up the Patrice Bergeron comparable, which raises the barstool question: Which player would you rather have, assuming a healthy Bergeron?
Strictly as players, I'd give the edge to Staal, taken second overall in the stud-filled 2003 draft (Bergeron was the 45th selection that year). But considering their annual cap hits ($8.25 million for Staal starting in 2009-10, $4.75 million for Bergeron), the 23-year-old Boston center is carrying a much friendlier number from a team's perspective.
* Another reason hockey reigns supreme: no rainouts. I'm at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, watching the rain and the weather forecast as we hope to get the Sylvania 300 in today. None of us is looking forward to coming back tomorrow.