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03-24-2013, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by azaloum90 View Post
Lets think about it this way instead guys....

Maybe Bickel is actually a really good hockery player, and hasnt had the time nor atmosphere to develop properly...

Maybe playing on the Whale will actually help him with his Hockey IQ. The guy isn't terrible, but isn't really worth anything either.. So what does it hurt to just let the guy develop? Hell, maybe he's worth a cheapie AHL contract when he is due for an extension.... Who knows.
Stu is 26 years old and will be 27 at the start of next season. He's older than a lot of the defensive "vets" in the organization, both in New York and in Hartford. People forget that a played for the Whale for a while before getting his chance and bounced around the minors for a few years before the Rangers picked him up. He was reasonably effective in Hartford, and could be again, bit I don't see him moving forward in his development.

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