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02-07-2010, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
Gilroy is a rookie.

Girardi is in his 4th season.

And people get on Gilroy for not being physical all the time.
An underperforming rookie at $3.5m.

How is Staal's game significantly different than Girardi's that we're ready to run Girardi out of town, but not Staal? How has the offensive experiment gone with Staal? Girardi at least HAS a shot from the point. Like Staal, Girardi is a defensive defenseman. He's fairly consistent in his play. Does he have the (potential) upside like Staal has? Probably not. But that shouldn't inspire us to dismiss the fact that he's a top 4 D.

As for all this "physical" crap, this is hockey, not football. As a defenseman, lowering your shoulder and charging the puck handler is not the only way to take your man out of the play. You take your man out of the play by taking away their passing/shooting lane and minimizing the amount of space they have on ice. Girardi, like Staal, are excellent at that.

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