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12-06-2009, 04:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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No he did not loose his no 1 spot to a 19 y/o. It wasn't until Torts came in that he lost his nr 1 spot. If you think Staal was better then him at the age of 19, its your right. But nobody can argue that Staal was our nr 1 D, thats like arguing that your 3rd line center is your 1st line center. Its not correct.
But, he should never have been a top PPQB to start with. So I don't disagree there.
But he was our nr 1 D for 4 years, and there were plenty of other NHL teams where he would have been a nr 1 D too. I know its hard to believe, but thats how it is. Take Tom Poti for example. According to many he was one of the worst D's in the league. Then he left us and was the nr 1 D for 2 teams and 3 years. And he still have a very big role for Washington. He is 2nd overall in ice time for them.
My point is just, I think he is moveble. Just like Gomez was.
I don't look at Staal as a No. 1 either. I look at him right now as a decent first pairing shutdown defender who should get better as he matures--he reminds me of Langway. There's no doubt that Rozsival was getting tons of ice time with Renney and he was a defacto No. 1 for us but just because he got the premium ice time doesn't mean he wasn't always a bit over his head per his job description--at least that's my opinion. To me he had the talent of a good two way top four guy. He's regressed the last two years--some of which may have to do with how Tortorella uses him.
I see him as very moveable as well but the Rangers may have to take someone else back or give something else up that they might not be all that jazzed about.
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