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03-20-2012, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by True Blue View Post
next year, he will be heralded as the next great shutdown defenseman again. and it will be time to trade an MCD orna MDZ. I cannot believe just how short peoples' memories are.
It's not personal. It's business. He's got the biggest cap hit with the longest term of all the defensemen. MDZ and Macdonagh are up for new contracts soon. The team did fine without him.

And calling Staal "great" is Rangers fan hyperbole. I never bought into it. He's had very strong showings and has the defensive ability to develop into a Norris-caliber defender. But he hasnt dont that yet.

Staal was drafted in 2005. Seven years later, he's received one 5th place Norris vote in five NHL seasons (counting this season).

Sorry, but I have a hard time calling him "great". I trade him now while he has some value.

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