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11-10-2011, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by SLU Hockey View Post
No idea why people feel that Stralman, who is a huge career nhl -, is going to be a huge upgrade defensively.

We are still going to be a 4 dman team when up by a goal with 10 to play. Stralman may just bring some more offense and hopefully, take some of the TOI load off of Girardi and McD by playing some 2nd team PP minutes.
The difference with Stralman is that he can take 2-4 minutes a night from Girardi or McDonagh on the PP. IMO he should be used more as a PP specialist than anything else. Get him 4+ minutes on the PP and 8-10 minutes ES. Eminger and Woywitka don't play on the PP or PK so taking some time from someone there will only help decrease their minutes.

I still would like to get a Carkner-like player as the #6. Someone who excels at the PK but whose minutes can be lowered at ES. Use that 3rd pairing, for now, as a special teams unit more than anything else.

My other main issue is if Torts is afraid to play Eminger and Woywitka (~10 minutes each last game), then why not just call up a player like Valentenko and see what he can do for 10 minutes? I don't think he would be any worse than those 2.

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