Jan 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Valeri Nichushkin (43) controls the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the second period of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Sign Dan Girardi To 6 Year Extension

If you’re keeping track at home, you can safely remove New York Rangers defenseman Dad Girardi from your trade watch list. The veteran defenseman and the Rangers agreed to a six year contract extension, which is believed to be worth $33 million ($5.5 million / year). Had the deal not been finished, it was likely Girardi would be dealt sometime before Wednesday’s trade deadline.

TSN’s Darren Dreger broke the news on Twitter:

Girardi is primarily a defensive defenseman, so at first glance his stats this season may not seem to back up a large extension. He has 4 G and 13 A in 60 games played. When you take a look at his defensive stats, you see a different story. Girardi has 121 blocked shots (a 5.3 / 60 min average) and 145 hits ( a 6.4 / 60 min average). [ Courtesy of Extra Skater.com ]

Girardi fit in well with the John Tortorella shot blocking, shutdown defensive system, but his style of play has continued to impress Rangers management under the new coaching regime.

Head coach Alain Vigneault voiced concern earlier this week that the trade buzz surrounding Ryan Callahan and Girardi was becoming a distraction in the locker room.

I know that this is obviously somewhat of a distraction for our team, because (Callahan and Girardi are) big leaders and big parts of our team, but they’re handling it real well.

-New York Daily News

Now that they have at least once big piece of their roster locked up, the Rangers can now turn their attention to Ryan Callahan. It is believed both sides are far apart and it is very likely the Rangers captain will be traded before March 5th. For now it seems the Rangers have avoided the disaster of two veteran leaders departing the locker room on Wednesday.

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