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01-28-2013, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
You're still painting a biased opinion.

He was one of the Rangers best players in the playoffs a couple of seasons ago. He was fine in Tampa. And he was serviceable in Ottawa.

He scored 15 points in 30 games in Hartford this season, and a team leader in shots on goal. What offense?

While +/- isn't an end-all-be-all stat, for someone who is as bad as you want to make him out to be, he has never finished a season in the NHL with a sub 0 +/- rating. Coincidentally, the only time his rating was awful was this season in Hartford when the team it's self is not so hot.

If he's on the roster he should get a look. If not he shouldn't be on the roster, he should be playing somewhere.

That doesn't change the fact the Rangers do need a guy who can skate with the puck and contribute to putting pressure on the opposition. Too many slow skaters on this roster. Eventually the Rangers are going to have to accept a player with some flaws and let their skill set do what it can. It's a role that's been vacant for nearly a decade.
I think you're confusing "biased" with "different than my own."

If he was fine in Tampa, he'd still be there. They've been light on defense for several seasons now. If he was 'serviceable' in Ottawa, they would have kept him for depth for the price he signed for here.

15 points in 35 games in the AHL isn't all that impressive for a 28 year old "offensive" d-man. Not to mention the guy was an absolute abomination on the defensive side of things. On a team that is potentially poised for a cup run, you don't ice a defensive liability like Gilroy because he might rush the puck up the ice 3 or 4 times a night. You certainly don't pair him up with Staal so he can spend half of his shift trying to cover up Gilroy's mistakes.

Gilroy's offensive ability doesn't even come close to justifying his defensive shortcomings. If the guy was capable of 40+ points and was a PP specialist, sure, I'd consider giving him a look. However, nothing he's shown in nearly 200 NHL games leads me to believe he's capable of that.

The Rangers have been trying to do exactly what they are doing for years when it comes to spare defensemen. They scrape the bottom of the barrel because their roster is too top heavy. They already filled the void that Gilroy could have filled when they retained Stralman. What they need is another guy who they can trust for more than 6 minutes a night. Gilroy is not that player.

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