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Our 6th D-man: Gilroy vs Eminger
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02-11-2013, 08:50 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
"Eminger is 'better'".
Gilroy has been on the ice for 179 minutes, in which no goals were allowed.
Includes two games the Rangers allowed 3 goals against. Those two games he played over 10 minutes.
He has contributed to putting pressure on the opposition. He has contributed to the Rangers transition. He hasn't hurt them one iota defensively. He looks stronger on the boards then in his last tenure as a Ranger. He is playing simple and effective.
He continues to get the playing time, over Eminger, because Eminger is not "better" then Gilroy. Eminger may have been, but he isn't anymore. If anything they are about equal and Gilroy provides more jump to the transition and attack.
The situation in Hartford and the role he played in Hartford are not the same as what is happening in New York. In New York he isn't being relied on as the #1 defenseman. He doesn't have to carry the team's offense. There is significantly less responsibility on his shoulders. In Ottawa and Tampa they put more responsibility on him. He should never have left New York. He could have stayed and developed into the role he's in now.
They provide different skill sets.
And its dependent on what Tortorella wants out of his lineup.
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