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05-01-2013, 10:58 AM
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Interesting to note how you've completely ignored Girardi, Staal's longtime D partner.
Not really interesting at all. Girardi has struggled when he wasn't paired with a mobile defender that could cover his mistakes. I.e., McDonagh or Staal. Staal was the anchor on the Staal/Girardi pairing, just like he's been the anchor with every player he's been paired with.
Again, whether it's Girardi or McDonagh, Staal would not have that caliber of partner or depth on the blueline in Carolina. He would have to be the guy in a wholly different sense. You're also overlooking the differences in Torts vs. Muller's systems. I'm not saying MStaal is simply a product of a conservative D-oriented scheme, but the challenge is different in Carolina's more aggressive system.
How about Stralman? Do you have anyone better than him on your blue line? Because as I said, he's spent a the majority of time paired with guys like Stralman, Eminger and Del Zotto over the last two seasons and has still looked absolutely fantastic.
Staal wouldn't have any problems playing in Muller's system. He's a big, mobile defender who has tremendous hockey IQ. You could put him on the ice with whatever system you want and pair him with just about any NHL capable defender and he would be excel. There's nothing extraordinary about Muller's system that would give Staal problems.
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