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03-03-2014, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Bardof425 View Post
The last two games have shown that when the going gets tough Klein steps up and plays tough and Stralman does not. Stralman is a good player who is fine in your bottom pairing or in the top four against non-physical teams. the problem is in the playoffs he is likely to get pushed around. Since he is a UFA, he should be on the block for the right deal. After watching these last two games and considering that McD, Girardi and Staal can all handle big minutes I am ready for McIlrath to add toughness while playing sheltered minutes. We need to be tougher and he is the only guy we have (barring a trade for a physical forward) in the system who has legitimate toughness and is projected to play with the big club in the next year or so. Move Stralman, bring up McI and let's see what happens.
Stralman has been one of the Ranger's best d-men the last two playoffs. He's actually one of few players (along with Boyle and McD) who upped their play come playoff time.

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