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10-30-2013, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
Anyway Del Zotto's better on the left side. On the right side he's a disaster waiting to happen. The one area that's his strength is his offense. He really needs to accentuate that and get into the 50--not 40 point range to become a legit offensive blueline player. It doesn't look like it's going to be happening again this year and with his own contract coming up and if the stats aren't there I can't see any reason for the Rangers doing more for him than the qualifying offer. Said this last year that he's looked to me to have plateaued. This season there is even more evidence. His play would probably be better from the left side. It's almost a moot point though with McDonagh and Staal already there. He's a good player even if he's struggling now. I wouldn't move him unless I got something back that I really wanted.

If Staal doesn't get his head out of his ass, that might not be as much of a moot point as you think. While people with axes to grind have been slamming MDZ (who, you know, was a +1 and had the assist on the game winning goal last night), Staal has consistently been our worst defenseman this season (once again, Staal was on the ice for both goals against and none of the goals for). MDZ has played his best hockey getting big minutes on the left side--coincidentally, the same stretches of time that he filled in for an injured Staal.

I never would have thought of saying this in the past (I've always considered Staal to be our best D, even better than McD), but based on what we've seen so far? I move Staal before I move MDZ.

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