Thread: Value of: Marc Staal to Canes
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05-03-2013, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Boom Boom Geoffrion View Post
McD and Girardi became our top-pair when Staal was out with a concussion. Torts kept that pair together since Marc's conditioning and game was off due to missing extended time.

Marc's the teams best dmen. He's been the main cog against opposing teams top lines for years. McDonagh may surpass Staal's ability one day, but as of right now Marc's 'A' game and shutdown ability are ahead of both McD and Girardi. If you watch the team regularly, you would understand that it's not really debatable.

The only thing separating Marc from "elite" status, is a booming shot. He's no chara or weber, and never will be. But from a defensive standpoint, he's as elite as they come. And his puck-moving capabilities aren't too shabby, at all.

Most Rangers fans have made peace with the fact that any type of offensive production out of Staal, is just gravy. And up until he got hit with a puck, he was showing elements of that offensive swagger we hoped for.

I think you're underestimating Staal. Probably because you haven't watched almost every single shift he's played in his career like some of us. He would be a tremendous asset for any team that needs help on the blueline. And, he still hasn't played his best hockey, imo.
Spot on, Boom Boom. I don't think Staal has nearly peaked yet.

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