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03-13-2012, 08:40 AM
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True Blue
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Am I the only one who thinks stralman has been playing extremely well defensively ?
He has been backsliding in a major way.
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the guy also has a pretty decent slapper that just hasn't been able to find twine.
his entire offensive game has been highly overrated.
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He is one of the best checkers on the team with a deadly hip check.
he has made use of it once. Aside from that one time, calling hm one of the best checkers is suspect.
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Recently he has made some mistakes but I firmly believe he is extremely underrated.
He has been a pleasant surprise, but is regressign to the norm. Not sure that a discussion about Stralman belongs in this thread, but in the last two weeks, he has been outplayed by Bickel. That said, if resigned, Erixon has to be be able to outplay Stralman in order to be even a consideration for next years' team. I think that Erixon is due for another year in Hartford, while Bickel & Stralman compete for the #6 defenseman spot next year. IF Sauer is healthy. Eminger will probably be somehow in the mix for a backup spot as well.

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