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11-12-2011, 08:16 AM
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Would you guys say that Girardi and Staal's performance depends on each other as line-mates and isn't as effective when they are apart?
You are asking a fair question. However, Girardi has been playing the best hockey I have seen him play while Staal has been out of the lineup. I also wondered if Staal made Girardi look better than he was when they played together but Girardi is proving this season that he is just a good player, with or without Staal.
If Girardi is able to maintain his current level of play there is no argument, he is a top pairing NHL defenseman. For the poster who said earlier in the thread that Girardi is a below average passer I suggest you watch closer because his outlet passes especially under heavy duress is the strongest part of his game.
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