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09-21-2013, 11:30 PM
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I disagree with keeping Mcd & Girardi together to be the shutdown pair and making Staal and MDZ the offensive pair. To me that screams "balance" rather than defined roles.

If you want shut down defense Id go with Staal and Girardi, who played together a few years ago and were, imho, the top shut down pair in the NHL, or at least top 3. Then I'd put McD and MDZ together. Both are skilled offensively, McD with obvious untapped potential and MDZ with some great instincts. McD is a damn good 2-way guy with, IMHO, way more offensive ability than Staal.

To me, if I want to shut down a line, I don't want my best defensive defenseman (Staal) sitting on the bench.

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