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05-10-2011, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Ace2008 View Post
every watched the Bruins w/o Zdeno....exactly limp like the Flyers w/o pronger

and you can save the comparisons....a 6'6" NHLer gets to legally use a longer stick....longer stick_+bigger reach+narrow NHL rink= legalized form of competitive advantage
Chara skates and passes well and is 6'9" against someone like a Briere or a Gerbe thats a full 13 inches of reach advantage minimum

thats why teams are scouting smooth skating giant defenders like Jamieson Olympiak and Tyler Myers/ V.Hedman etc....every NHL GM wants the next chara type of Dman....heck even JAgr said that Gill was the toughest NHL Dman to play against...and thats a slow 6'7 gill....enough said.
Nobody on the Rangers is going to be compared to Chara. But if Staal develops into the player the Rangers think he will, and you add in McDonagh and Girardi and maybe McIlrath and Sauer ....that's not a bad group of physical d-men. Instead of the Bruins having Chara, one guy, out 25 minutes a night, the Rangers could possibly have 4 or 5 very good dmen playing 20+ minutes a night.

I'm not saying they have to be built EXACTLY how Boston is. But the way the Rangers are run, finishing with the top pick and worst record is not an option. They have to be creative in both their drafting and UFA/trade pickups. Boston has done a good job building that way. At least I think so.

Someone mentioned Detroit. What they have done is remarkable. Datsyuk was drafted 171st. Zetterberg was #210. Holmstrom was #257. Franzen was taken at 97. That's the perfect storm, it doesn't happen that often.

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