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02-22-2012, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Stepan Up View Post
Rough comeback so far. I'd even say there was a game or two where he was a liability. I have no doubt in my mind that come playoff time he will be in mid season form playing big minutes against other team's top lines, while this is only McDonagh's second season out of college. McDonagh is a fitness freak so I also doubt he tires too much. Good to know Staal will be somewhat fresh.
Agreed, I think the comeback has been rougher than anybody is willing to admit. I have a feeling he is still not 100% and he has been a liability at times. Last night is a perfect example. None of the Rangers played great except maybe Henke (who wasn't that stellar either), but Staal did not look comfortable out there and was often chasing the play. I believe we will see the physical, dominating defenseman we know and love next year, but this year has not been pretty. He is still better than the next option, but not by far in my opinion.

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