The Offseason Thread V: Needs to End Edition
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08-07-2013, 10:39 PM
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Chara was hurt in the Finals. I'm pretty sure I read that it was a hip injury. Kinda hard to say Chicago's speed exposed a player who could barely move laterally or pivot due to injury.
The Rangers defense is elite, and the fact that none of the defensemen have standout skill doesn't really change that. Staal and McDonagh are top pair D in at least two thirds of the league. Girardi is a top pair D in at least half of it. The thing is that these are all similar defensemen. Stralman and Moore too. Not top-of-the-class in offense or physicality. Extremely high marks in mobility, stickwork, positioning. In other words, they aren't flashy.
Not being flashy isn't a reason to say a group isn't elite.
Come on, I too was impressed with Moore but let's have this discussion again next summer. Lets not over hype the guy over 20 games. Stralman has played better than anyone could ever ask for but he's nowhere near elite. He's more suited for 3rd pairing with the ability to play 2nd pair fill in mins
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