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01-11-2013, 08:58 AM
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steviek3b
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The Rangers problem, and it is a good problem to have, is that they currently have 3 very good left handed defensemen. McDonagh, Staal, Del Zotto, in that order.

The right side is weaker, with Girardi being the best player and then 4 guys (Stralman, Eminger, Sauer and Bickel).

If the Rangers have Staal making $4 million, then add in McDonagh who will probably get anywhere between $3 and $5 million (let's just say $4) and then Del Zotto, who will want $3 million, that is about $11 million just on the left side of your defense.

Should the Rangers be giving Del Zotto $3 million to be the 3rd best left handed defenseman on this team? Sure, he plays the power play, but as others have said, it is very possible he is just a product of the system and if others (McDonagh) received his 1st PP line minutes, they could do the same thing.

If Del Zotto were a right handed defenseman and could slot in on the 2nd pairing behind Girardi, then this is a no brainer. However, he is left handed and is IMO the 3rd best left handed defenseman on this team. You can't pay a 3rd pairing defenseman that kind of money.

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