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08-09-2010, 11:56 AM
Change is good.
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr. View Post
Probably because all seem like a longshot to make it IMO and they're the only real options that exist at this point.

What difference does it make if Heikkinen is a "great guy" or not? He's a competent defenseman who played very well in his stint last year. It would have been nice to retain a player like that rather than roll the dice on a reclamation project like Eminger.
But I (and I believe most here as well as likely Rangers management) would argue that getting Redden off the books is so important it would even justify playing a rookie in over his head or a substandard vet like Eminger.

This team, at this point in time, is better served by having a #6 Dman who is below par than a #6 Dman who is at par, or even above par, who makes $6.5MM per year (and apparently is a cancer in the locker room). The ONLY way I see Redden making the team is if Staal holds out AND he plays like a legitimate first pairing player. A combination of events that I find highly improbable...

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