I voted Gilroy, but they could easily get scratched for each other plenty of times this year, which is likely going to happen and already did happen. Gilroy has been fine, but he's in no way a lock over Eminger.
Gilroy has been on the ice for 179 minutes, in which no goals were allowed.
Includes two games the Rangers allowed 3 goals against. Those two games he played over 10 minutes.
He has contributed to putting pressure on the opposition. He has contributed to the Rangers transition. He hasn't hurt them one iota defensively. He looks stronger on the boards then in his last tenure as a Ranger. He is playing simple and effective.
He continues to get the playing time, over Eminger, because Eminger is not "better" then Gilroy. Eminger may have been, but he isn't anymore. If anything they are about equal and Gilroy provides more jump to the transition and attack.
The situation in Hartford and the role he played in Hartford are not the same as what is happening in New York. In New York he isn't being relied on as the #1 defenseman. He doesn't have to carry the team's offense. There is significantly less responsibility on his shoulders. In Ottawa and Tampa they put more responsibility on him. He should never have left New York. He could have stayed and developed into the role he's in now.
They provide different skill sets.
And its dependent on what Tortorella wants out of his lineup.
I can't imagine anyone wanting to sit Gilly for Bickel at this point. G has played well lately.
I feel safer when Emi is on the ice, but Gilly brings the ability to carry the puck into the zone. With extremely, defensively sound guys like Girardi, Staalsy and McD out there, I think we need Gilly's O more than Emi's D.
Maybe my distrust in Gilroy is unwarranted, he hasn't done anything this year to earn it, but I remember how much of a turnover machine he was his last spell here. Guy couldn't even play four minute games on the wing without causing heart attacks.
Last edited by SixGoalieSystem: 02-11-2013 at 10:45 AM.
surprised Gilroy is a plus, maybe we just see is horrific turnovers.............Torts is going to play the merry go round all yr with the 6th Dman, if its a division rival its Bickel , otherwise he will chose between Gilroy and Eminger
by the deadline they will get a rental in
Learning the system is so important. I don't think a rental would be beneficial, unless he's a very good d-man.
From this thread, I see people are still scarred from Gilroy's last go around with the team. He's been a completely different and more responsible player this year. And honestly, I despised gilroy and kicked his butt at the door last time he was here.
Which is why he gives Bickel 3-4 minutes a game while he plays Gilroy 8-12 minutes? Come on, dude.
The stupid reasons people prefer scrubs over useful players is astonishing. You would have thought the Rangers traded Hank for Powe on facebook with how many Rangers fans were crying Rupp was traded. He's big and fights once in a while. Meanwhile, the "best" one yet. Bickel works hard so he should be in over vastly superior players. Amazing.