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10-15-2013, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by White Plains Batman View Post
He's here to stay for now.

If (big IF) McLIrath pans out, Skeji is ready in two years, and Allen is a regular, and Calle Anderson develops into something, then we can talk about moving him.

He's not bad. Had two very good seasons, two so-so years. Wish he would hit the net more but he's not a shooter.
Finally some sense. Del Zotto gets too much hate. He's treated like a finish product when he's 23 years old. He has all the athleticism to become an elite defenseman and there aren't many defenseman AT ANY AGE who can tally 30 or even 40+ points a season. Of course, he makes mistakes (many inexcusable) that severely diminish his value. However, you can coach away those mistakes, you can't coach a player to have more talent.

I see Girardi making a ton of mistakes but he's commonly regarded as a stud defensively by Rangers fans. Staal has looked awful this year and McDonagh has been underwhelming. MDZ is the type of player that might actually fit this system so I'm willing to give him a shot.

His value will not be lower than it is now, if these comments are to be believed. We have nothing to lose by giving him a chance but we have a lot to lose if we trade him and he blossoms like many players do in their mid-20s. Also, he's a left handed D-Man playing on the right side. That could be effecting his game negatively.

To reiterate. Yes, MDZ makes terrible mistakes that cost this team. But he's our best offensive defenseman and we're gearing up to be a more offensively focused team. The potential is still there.

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