Oh hello Stu Bickel! Now that Brandon Prust is gone, I think you will be my new favorite player of the New York Rangers. Yes, Prust had the advantage of being a former Calgary Flame too, but now that he’s a Montreal Canadien, Bickel has my full attention.
Let’s start off by stating the obvious, he’s far less talented offensively than Prust and as a defensemen, there is a severe gap between him and the other players. What Bickel is good for, besides smashing in the faces of Atlantic Division rivals, is creating that spark in the locker room. I know I’ve already drawn comparisons to Prust, but with the recent resigning of Bickel to the New York Rangers, the responsibility of creating that motivated fire in the locker room falls on him. The Rangers have plenty of players with heart, but sometimes their brains get in the way of their heart (see former centerman Brandon Dubinsky’s goal count). Stu Bickel is the one in the locker room, yelling, whooping, and hollering, pushing the guys to play their best.
It’d be nice to see Stu Bickel step it up and assist more offensively in this upcoming season. His 9 assists could grow to 15 quite easily, helping the New York Rangers immensely. His 108 penalty minutes isn’t killing the team, he’s expected to fight, so you won’t see me complaining about that. And his recent contract renewal, two years, $1.5 million is a very fair price. After seeing exactly how dirty and rough the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, it is nice to have some more muscle on the team to keep things in line . And yes, Arron Asham, a big part of Pittsburgh’s “dirty” is now a New York Ranger, but they still have plenty of left. Stu Bickel has plenty of room to grow as a player beyond his fighting skills. If anything, he should be taking more faceoffs! Just look at this!
Lets Go Rangers!