Let's Build Next Year's Team - First Pairing Right Defenseman
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07-30-2008, 08:22 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
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Girardi scored 28 points in his first full NHL season? If anything he's a two way defenseman... not a primarily defensive one.
Regardless of his point totals, he's still primary a defensive defenseman. I don't see Girardi as a guy who will jumpstart the transition with his first pass, whereas Redden can do that, and Rozsival can do it better than Girardi as well.
What you neglected to mention was that Girardi's offensive production came at the expense of his defensive play, or at least in my opinion it did. Girardi is the type of player who will best serve the team in a shutdown role, similar to the role Staal will likely be filling for the next few years as he develops.
Regardless, Redden & Rozsival are still the team's two best offensive defensemen, and I feel the Rangers would be best served having them on separate pairings.
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