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11-27-2011, 01:53 PM
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If it was for a top LW, I'd trade him, but I don't think it is necessary either. Girardi can't beast-mode every game, and his bad games having Staal to carry him, and vice versa is a nice thing. Yes, without him the Rangers still have one of the best defenses in the league right now, but with him they could be arguably the best shut-down defense in the league, and that plus Henrik = shutouts and 1-2 goal frustrating games for other teams.

If it got us Bobby Ryan or similar, I'd consider a package based around Staal at this point. The Rangers have drafted very well at D, and traded very well for good D prospects. I think the team could lose Staal and have little to no blueline woes, but it's not something I'd be running out to do either.

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