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08-23-2007, 07:21 PM
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Son of Steinbrenner
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I take what THN says with a grain of salt but I do think the defense can use an improvement. I know they finished the season great but this isn't a case of not having "name" defenseman...Don't get me wrong I'm comfortable that the Rangers can start the season and contend with the defense they have right now. Mara, Rozsival, Tyutin, and Girardi are all really good defenseman. Malik is hot and cold and after that is where we start seeing the question marks..Is Pock anything? Can Hutchinson play defense? Is Staal ready? Strudwick? who might actually get minutes which is scary to me..

The guy i can see stealing a spot in training camp is Baranka. If he can stay healthy he might be as steady as Girardi was last season...

I think unless Staal comes in an just exceeds expectations the Rangers add a #1 guy at the deadline..I almost think they have too..Add a minutes eating defenseman to that group above and you go from contender to favorite overnight...

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