People who celebrate Marc Staal’s demise are frauds


For the first time this season, Marc Staal will be a healthy scratch. It’ll be rookie Ryan Lindgren taking his place.

I want to emphasize something I said on Twitter. It’s not something to celebrate. Too many fans are guilty of taking shots at the veteran defenseman, who’s given his all as a Ranger.

I blame other bloggers for this mindset. They are a bunch of obnoxious people with nothing better to do. If you root for this team, then you cheer for everyone who plays. Even if it’s the 32-year old Staal, who hasn’t been the same player in quite some time.

There are a lot of frauds wearing Rangers jerseys and merchandise. These are the same people who will tell you Pavel Buchnevich is a superstar. Do they actually watch each shift? Not unless it’s part of their biased agenda.

It’s sad that Staal gets singled out on a night one of his close friends and former teammates returns. However, I have no problem with David Quinn taking a closer look at his very young blueline that includes elder statesmen Brady Skjei at 25. Yikes.

This is about the mentality on social media. It’s mean spirited and wrong. Screw BSB and the other arrogant clown that made a dumb comment about Dan Girardi’s return.

It’ll be interesting to see how such a young D fares against an elite team like the Lightning, who may play without Brayden Point. They’ll have three rookies (Lindgren, Fox, Hajek) on the blueline.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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