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03-04-2013, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
McIlrath is not an enforcer. He is a good defenseman who can drop the gloves and do it well.

We see very differently on his ceiling obviously.
I hope his ceiling is #1 Dman like Chara. Then reality settles in and I adjust my Ranger goggles.

Originally Posted by Pizza View Post
You have to start some where as this is still hockey we are discussing.

Chara started off as little more than a daunting presence his first three seasons. The mind set that says the Rangers don't need to be capable of handling the rough stuff if not occasionally initiating it is.....I just can't understand it.

Again, we're talking hockey....not bad mitten. I daresay there are intimidating strategies even in bad mitten.
Who said they don't need to be 'handling the rough stuff' ? They do! But it's gonna take more than McI, and even then, what good is it to take your best defenders off the ice? I love that Chara made the guy pay the price, especially since the refs completely ignored that crosscheck, but ultimately the goal is to win. Next time Emelin got the puck someone should plaster him with a hard legal hit, and keep doing it.

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