Jim Cerny reported this from yesterday’s practice…
#NYR defense pairings today see Tim Erixon skating on extra pair with Jeff Woywitka, while Stralman is with Del Zotto, Staal with Bickel
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) March 26, 2012
…i like this decision. While Stralman has his deficiencies, Erixon is prone to defensive breakdowns which has led to Torts not completely trusting him. And despite picking up his first two NHL assists, the rookie defenseman hasn’t proved to me he deserves to be in the line-up ahead of Stralman yet.
…and as far as I can remember the team played pretty well with Stralman in there all season.