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08-01-2012, 10:16 PM
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O'Reilly is everything you want in a third line center. He plays against the other team's best line, takes the puck away (more than any other player last year), and creates offense. So naturally O'Reilly's name is going to get kicked around in a speculative thread.
And heaven forbid the Rangers have a third line center who is better than the norm. It has worked for the Pens, Canucks, and Ducks (who had an insane checking line in their Cup run). Are Ranger fans dead set on getting a mediocre third line center?
That said, I totally get not wanting to part with Girardi. He's good. But I have a feeling that if Sherman called up Sather and offered O'Reilly for Girardi it'd happen.
1. O'Reilly is far better than Boyle, but Boyle is a more than viable 3rd line center.
2. There is no reason to trade someone like Girardi who is near the top of the game for a great 3rd line center.
3. #2 is exactly why Sather WOULDN'T trade Girardi for O'Reilly. To have two excellent shutdown pairings at the top to handle top offenses like Pittsburgh and the like is better than having a great 3rd line center. Depth on defense wins.
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