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07-09-2013, 10:23 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The benefit could be that Staal is an all-star shut down defenseman
And all accounts point to him being healthy come training camp. And Faulk has yet to prove anything on that level. For the record, I thought Faulk was shaky at the World Championships this spring; heard great things about him and then wasn't impressed. Marc stays in NY and that's the way Ranger fans want it.
Faulk acquitted himself very well in a shutdown role as a 20 year-old and is only getting better. If you're basing your observation only on his WC outings, then you're arguing from a very limited sample.
His offensive game, though still improving, is already ahead of Staal's and he is a coveted RHD. His contract is better and his D game will be very close to Staal's in the not too distant future. Thus the trade makes little sense.
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