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Del Zotto is the defenseman on the ledge and available in a trade; not Staal. This opening was made with the acquisition of John Moore and, by most accounts, Staal was playing his best hockey ever as a Ranger prior to his eye injury. In terms of defense, he is as good as Chara as a shut-down defenseman, but we would all take Chara over Staal for his physical and offensive attributes. There is also a difference between a player being "injury-prone" and being unlucky; Staal's career shows no resemblance to a body that is injury-prone -- a puck into the eye is simply bad luck.
Staal won't be traded - Del Zotto's days are numbered, particularly if McDonagh's offensive contributions increase and/or Moore shows consistency the first half.
12 months ago on Could Lack of Cap Space Lead to Staal Trade?
Wow, that psycho-babble was, well, interesting? Really, I am not sure what to make of it. Regardless, the overwhelming blame on last year's performance always seems to be assigned to Tortorella --- what about the players? The coach was prepared to make a run for the Cup this year; the players obviously were not, most notably the one player who prefers to play for Tortorella; i.e., Brad Richards. Where is the player accountability? They decided to play as a unit the last 4-6 weeks of the season and, while that gets you to the playoffs, it isn't good enough for playoffs success. Not understanding the human aspect of the game? Are you kidding? I hope Cally, McDonagh, Girardi, Stepan, Hagelin, Lundqvist, Boyle, and MZA all send Tortorella a note of thanks --- to the man, these players are more advanced in their career today than they would be had Tortorella not been their coach the past several years. Yes, a demanding coaching style has its drawbacks; so does every coaching style! With Tortorella, those drawbacks weed out players that cannot help a team get to the Stanley Cup. Does anyone remember what this team and organization was like under head coach Tom Renney? A great guy; players loved him, but we sucked!
History will show that Tortorella was this organization's best ticket to the Stanley Cup and Glen Sather, who is well beyond his own GM shelf life, could not compete with the Chiarelli's of the league (Boston GM).
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