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02-07-2012, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by SlingshotVv View Post
I'm as big a fan of the NYR defense and Girardi as anyone, but in games like this, and games going down the stretch, I think we need to see Staal on a pairing where he can be on the ice versus team's top-lines regularly.

Staal's our thoroughbred. He's big, strong, mobile, good on the puck, smart passer, and never passes up any physical play. It seems he's exactly the guy we'd want matched up against a line like Kovalchuk's as regular as possible.

Having him paired with Bickel is not going to allow him to log those minutes. Not that Bickel hasn't played well, but he does have to be protected against a line that is solid on both wings (like Parise/Kovalchuk). It keeps Staal off the ice in way too many big situations. Can't really put them on the ice for defensive zone faceoffs where you know the opposition is going to be rolling their first, and can't have him on the ice when we absolutely need offense.

I just don't see how not having him on a pairing with a MDZ, McD, Girardi, hell even Stralman, benefits this team.
WHY?? Girardi and McDonagh are doing great..teams winning, pairings are working...If its not broke dont fix it. Apparently there all doing this not with Staal,so why do you so badly want things changed to accomodate Staal!
Im hoping a trade goes down and B.Ryan and staal are center pieces of trade... This team dont need Staal. i dont even notice him 3/4 of the time since he got back.

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