: Larry Brooks:
Rangers feel Stepan is year away,McD ready
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01-10-2010, 05:21 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Originally Posted by
we want cup
Perhaps McD could be paired with Staal and we could have a legit shut down D-pairing.
I think it makes more sense with Staal and DelZotto, as a big,shutdown defenseman like Staal can cover a bit for DZ and allow him to take more chances offensively, the same way that Beuk did for Leetch. Now obviously, DZ will have to improve a lot in his own end to be a top-pairing guy, but I'd say he definitely has the capacity. And if he's able to take some big steps in the second half of this season and next year, it would take quite a bit of pressure off McDonagh when he does eventually come up.
I dream of a long-term backline of Staal-DZ on the top pair and Sangs-McD on the second pairing.
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