Thread: Player Discussion: Who to lose
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03-31-2013, 10:28 PM
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We cannot afford to trade any of our top-4D for offense. Who would you even want that would make trading Staal, McD, Girardi, even MDZ worth it? The team is built on defense and despite having a great Top-6 full of speed and talent on paper, we're still dead last in goals scored. Imagine a Rangers team that was abysmal on both sides of the puck and thats what you would have if Sather traded G, Mac or Staalsie for Ryan or any other sought forward.

This team gets pushed around. Guys like Gaborik, Richards and Nash are much less effective when matched with physicality. Last years squad had a lot more grit (Dubi, Sauer, Rupper, Prust, Bickel), and I know that grit doesn't win hockey games, but it gives the top guys more time and space, and holds the opposing players accountable for their actions. I think NYR's bottom-6 is desperate for a Lucic, Prust, Ott, Clowe type of player, especially in the playoffs when the going gets rough.

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