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Rangers interested in Justin Schultz, Part II - The "Fans Praying" Edition
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06-15-2012, 12:21 PM
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him being able to come in and be a top 4 defenseman on this team as an unproven kid from college would be ideal-- whether he does or doesn't does not change what the ideal situation is... just the actual situation.
i agree on mcilrath needing some time down in the minors, but once again. ideal situation is that he's ready.. if he's not sauer, erixon, stralman, and bickel fit.
erixon's only problem really was his size. he needs to bulk up. pretty sure it was torts who mentioned it in a press conference-- he get pushed off the puck too easily. i could see him in hartford as well, but i don't think it's more or less likely. just depends on his offseason work.
i'd like bickel back, but not over stralman if we end up filling the 6 w/o him. stral seems content on being back with his family though so you're right... bickel will likely be brought back (especially w/ the ability to be a forward in tight situations-- basically gives us a free depth guy)
going forward either way we need to make sure that we have options available.
and i guess i could just say ideally all our defenseman will come in and be +50s next season scoring 60 goals and getting 90 assists too... but idk lol. can't read too much into it. ideally we get schultz and he works out. if he works out, then there is a strong chance that he becomes a top 4 guy.
I don't want Bickel back, at all. There is ZERO chance we go into the playoffs next year with Bickel. ZERO.
I understand he can play forward also, and he fights and is a good team guy, blah blah blah. But let's be honest here, he's not good at either. Sure, he did actually play fairly decent at the end of the season, but as soon as the playoffs started, I think it's fair to say he was completely overmatched.
Hopefully we add Schultz, and then with Sauer (hopefully), Erixon, and McIlrath almost ready...we don't need a guy like Bickel. He's an AHL player.
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