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08-07-2013, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Drewbackatu View Post
Who exactly would you classify as an elite defenseman on the Rangers? Pleasew don't tell me Staal or even McDonagh who's light years better than Staal. Neither guy is a legit #1 defenseman on a #1 defense pairing.

I suggest you either rethink how you use the word elite here. There are really no elite defensemen in the league at all with the possible exception of Chara and he was exposed terribly by the Black Hawks speed in the SCF.

McDonagh and Staal are not even top 10 defensemen in a league that is devoid of so called "elite" defensemen!
McDonagh Staal and Girardi are all elite defensively, and they all put up good points for defensemen. If are D-core isn't already Top 5 in the league, they soon will be. What other team has a terrific defense who's average age is 25? Pittsburgh having Letang doesn't make their entire defense elite, their defense is ****ing awful.

What kind of definition do you have of elite where there is only one player in the entire league who is? Being "Elite" is relative to other contemporary players, not Scott Stevens, or whatever HOF'er from a totally different era.

If Staal comes back near 100%, and Del Zotto can get back to his top form which he showed at times this year, watch out.

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