Thread: Value of: Ryan McDonagh & Dan Girardi
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05-31-2012, 04:55 PM
Double Dion
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Originally Posted by GaBorat View Post
He doesn't really play behind Girardi. He plays with him. However, Torts will give Girardi a bit more time all things being equal because of NY's left hand depth. There's a big difference with having Staal replace McDonagh for a shift and having Stralman replace Girardi for a shift.
Lots of defenseman play their off-side. There are positives and negatives to it. The way a player shoots effects centermen way more than defenseman. If you have a sniper on the right side you likely want a lefty playing with him. Well-rounded defensemen like McDonagh benefit from being of the off-side in the offensive zone, it hurts a bit defensively.

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