Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 7/11/12
McDonagh, Staal, Girardi, and Del Zotto collectively make up arguably the best top-four defensemen that any team in the NHL has to work with. Anton Stralman, who filed for salary arbitration, is likely to return to the team and find his home on the third pairing. But one spot on the blue-line is still available and there is, at this time, a lot of uncertainty as to who willl fill the spot. So let's look at some potential options.Stu Bickel- The incumbent, of sorts. Bickel was in the lineup for most of the postseason. Stuuuuu averaged an underwhelming 5:10 of icetime during the playoffs and famously sat on the bench for almost all of a triple overtime victory against the Capitals. It's pretty safe to say that John Tortorella does not have much faith in Bickel. Injuries are what forced Bickel into the lineup during the regular season. And although he lasted longer than many (including Bickel himself) probably anticipated Torts will surely want someone he can depend on to play a regula...
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