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08-24-2011, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by RangerFan10 View Post
Sauer has been our most consistent defenseman since he came up though, so if anyone should take a cut in playing time for balance it's probably McD
I think the even strength ice time would be relatively even if the pairings were:

McDonagh - Erixon
Del Zotto - Sauer

Nonetheless, McDonagh (18:44) actually averaged more ice time than Sauer (17:31) last season (although McDonagh did it over fewer games).

I would keep McDonagh and Sauer for the PK, but I still think a more balanced approach would be better at even strength. We already have our shutdown pairing in Staal - Girardi. A second shutdown pairing seems less valuable if it means having to pair Del Zotto with a rookie.

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