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Strong play signals Bickel sticking with Rangers
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01-10-2012, 01:06 PM
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All of the Rangers D have been great this year (except Bell, who always sucked), which signals the strength of coaching and their style of play. While the organization has a lot of depth guys who look great on the Rangers, their trade value isn't equal to that because they would likely be weaker on other teams. Stralman and Woywitka both couldn't make the rosters of non-playoff teams at the start of this season.
Stralman won't have trade value unless he proves himself as a strong power play pointman.
Eminger has value as a positionally solid depth defenseman who can both mentor and cover less experienced guys. That's exactly why the Rangers have him, it's good for a team but he probably couldn't return that value in trade value.
Woywitka has played well in the Rangers system and can continue to prove himself as a capable spare and a good team guy, but he's a third pair guy at best. Good for the team, but his optimal trade value is a younger bubble player, not much more.
Bickel is a tough mother****er who everyone in the league is going to want when he beats the **** out of a Bruin in their first game this season. His name alone puts him in a class with Jeff Beukeboom and Stu Grimson.
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