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09-30-2011, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Not my first choice, but truth be told I haven't watched him enough to see if he can take a regular shift on the bottom pairing.

I can't imagine the Rangers would accept a deal where they didn't send an NHL contract back. I.e. Erik Christensen.
He's the type of guy who can play 15-17 minutes but he isn't overly mobile. He delivers big hits because of his size and will stand-up for anyone on his team.

He knows how to position himself to be in the right spot so as to minimize the effect of his lack of foot-speed (which is no worse than Paul Mara) however, due to that fact, he blocks a TON of shots. He is a very good shot blocker and will give up his body to do so on a regular basis.

He clears the front of the net and has some playoff experience.

IMO, he is the type of player a playoff team should have as their 6/7 d-man. Hard-nosed, big, heavy hitter. It helps in the locker room and in games where it may get ugly, it allows Rupp to play and worry less about fighting. Same goes for Prust.

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