Defensive Fill-ins Appreciation Thread
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12-21-2011, 01:22 AM
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Henrik Lundqvist makes mediocre defenseman look phenomenal. The real heroes are Henrik, Girardi, MCD and MDZ. those 4 are the reason this team is where its at. MDZ taking the single biggest giant leap forward in defensive play that I have ever seen from a defensive prospect, and MCD and Girardi establishing themselves as legitimate #1 defensemen....add in Staal and you have 3 true #1 defenseman on this team (imho)
Bingo. I don't buy into the Joe Michelletti/Sam Rosen Kool Aid. There's a reason why these guys were/are on the trash heap.
And then they magically become competent NHL defenseman when they join the Rangers? Who happen to have (surprise surprise) a Vezina-caliber goalie between the pipes?
Nope. No thanks. Not buying it.
Woywitka and Eminger are 5th and 6th defensemen who are the last guys a coach of a contending team wants on the ice in a crucial situation. We have already seem games decided because of their mishaps.
People need to stop sugarcoating these guys. When Staal and Sauer come back and Erixon gets a longer look, guys like Eminger, Stralman, Woywitka and yes, even Bickel are friggin redundant.
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