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:
6 years, $5.5 per for Girardi staying with Rangers.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 28, 2014
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.
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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