Rangers #5 D (bottom pairing LD)
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08-22-2011, 05:10 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York
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Except, Dan Girardi is now a proven top pair NHL defenseman capable of playing 20+ minutes against the top forwards in the game, being among the league leaders in blocked shots and hits, all while being capable of putting up 30 points and being underpaid.
Valentenko has no long term (if at all) future here. There's no spot for him. Unless Del Zotto never figures it out (unlikely).
It doesn't hurt to have depth, and if any of the 4 between Sauer, MDZ, Erixon and McDonagh prove they can play on the top line with Staal, or even if we flip one of those guys and leave Staal and Girardi intact, it allows us to deal out of our strong defense for improvements on our offense.
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