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05-01-2013, 07:32 PM
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Fataldogg
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Originally Posted by Bardof425 View Post
three most valuable players were Step, McD and Hank. I give the nod to Step. Any line he centered produced (after a slow start). And since we as a team had a problem scoring goals, Step's contributions are probably the most valuable. McD is severely underappreciated on this board; so much talk of him regressing. Not true. And Hank is Hank.
He had a down year. There were points where he looked downright terrible, giving the puck away, causing turn overs, not playing position, etc.

He's probably our most talented defense man, and he's young and has a promising future, but that doesn't mean he was our best defense man.

Before Staal got hurt he was far and away our best defense man, and it honestly wasn't close. Staal was playing several levels higher than McDonagh.

Both McDonagh and Girardi had off years, and honestly, neither of them looked like a first pairing defense man. There were parts where McDonagh was great, but when he was bad... wow, he was bad.

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