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06-29-2008, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by nyrJeff View Post
I don't think it's reasonable to expect the Rangers to resemble the vintage Devils in anything other than philosophy. The Devils were working with an all-star defense headlined by a Niedermayer/Stevens top pairing, something the Rangers will never have.

As much as we'd like to think that having Staal, Tyutin & Girardi is a "tremendous" defensive base to work with, it's really not. Staal is the only one of these guys with any real value. Tyutin started strong last year, but he got worse and worse as the year ran on, by the end he was damned awful. Girardi is a decent defenseman, but nothing great. He too had a rather tough year, and really, he just isn't that good. Sure, he's somewhat reliable, but he's not a high-end talent, and I don't think he ever will be.

Sure, we've got some good prospects, but that's all they are - prospects. Nothing more, at least not yet.
I think we all agree Campbell or Redden would deepend the D big time

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