I don’t see them having much of a shot either. I think they should have sent Bickel down instead of woywitka in the beginning. Bickel played better as a forward in my opinion and in surprise they put as much effort into Bickel as they did. I hope stralman says but I wouldn’t doubt it if he leaves. Like I said I think it’s good that we give this new guy a shot and that we invested in a new d man
ok im gonna go off on a bit of a hockey rant. to my followers who dont give a shit you can just stop reading right now.
now it is pretty apparent to me that the majority of rangers fans wanted to see Matteau get picked up. i get it, it would be really cool. but, just because one Matteau got us to a cup, doesnt mean another one will. with that being said, i think grabbing a d man is a great call. in my opinion, we really only have 3 solid defense men: McDonagh, Staal, and Girardi. Stralman and Del Zotto are both decent and CAN be great solid players, but Del Zotto still has his moments when it seems like he forgets that hes playing hockey. i think the same goes for Stralman as well as Erixon and Woywitka, i think they all show promise but are just generally inexperienced. and i do not think Bickel is good at all. i watched entirely too many games when he got caught flat footed and either got beat BAD because of it and/or took a penalty trying to fix his poor play. Eminger and Sauer are good but Sauer has been out for way too long for me to count on him and Eminger had his fair share of sloppy play too.
now, with all that being said, i think that a defense men is a good idea. we played most of the playoffs with 5 d men and thats not a good strategy on any team. if you keep McDonagh and Girardi together, and put Stall with Del Zotto lets say, theres another 2 spots open, 3 if you wanna argue Del Zottos spot. those last two spots can be filled with either Stralman, Erixon, or Woywitka, but keep your options so narrow? theres no reason why we shouldnt have picked up another hopeful to see if he surprises us?
i can see why you would want someone thats going to bring some more offense and i wouldnt mind someone with speed and good hands that has a quick release and one hell of a shot, but thats what the rest of the draft and the off season is for. im sure that there are some offense men that the big guys have their eyes on to draft AND to trade. cause i hate to break the news to you guys, but Dubi is probably gone and i wouldnt be surprised to see Prust leave too.
every needs to not get their panties in a bunch and relax though, im sure these guys know what they are doing.
finally, with all that being said, this is all my OPINION and just something i kinda wanted to get off my chest.