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01-14-2007, 01:10 PM
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Staal should not be hurried, BUT...

I thought he played well enough this preseason (and last) to deserve a long look in preseason, especially given how the Rangers' blue line looked to start the season. It was worth a look in another preseason game or two, and maybe even an NHL game (and if a conditioning stint was permissible, without counting towards the 10 NHL games, which I assume it wouldn't, that would've been a way to get a longer look to see how he improves from game to game and see if he is ready). Again, it's not rushing, but at the same time, kids do often respond to challenges and do often get better while playing at a higher level of competition, but of course we'd have to deal with the growing pains, which I'm not sure management was ready for.

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