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11-13-2013, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by slipknottin View Post
The problem is comparing guys who did to guys who could.

I will always have an issue doing that.

Like I said earlier in this thread.

Look at that 11 team 16 games in. Their defense was

Staal Girardi
McDonagh Sauer
Stralman MDZ

MDZ was tearing it up, Staal was healthy, Sauer was playing extremely well.

Forward halfway through the season, Staal is concussed, Sauer's career is over, MDZ slows down.

Lots can change quickly.

You cant reasonably compare a team at the end of a long season + playoffs with a team less than 20 games in.
I don't think Stralman played on that team that early. I think he came in when we had an injury to one of our guys (Girardi?) against the Devils in the middle of the season and became a mainstay. I don't think that defense ever played together, unless he had a cup of coffee with the Rangers early.

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