While you lament the lack of playing time afforded one young defenseman on the Rangers’ roster—I’ll give you a hint, his last name rhymes with Coke—at least take a moment to appreciate the steady growth of Daniel Girardi in his first 12 games in the NHL.
Maybe you haven’t noticed, but that’s a good thing. On a team where defenseman are often calling attention to themselves for the wrong reasons, Girardi—outside of a fanned pass over the weekend in the loss to Philadelphia—has earned the confidence of Tom Renney in relatively short order
“He’s a real deliberate, self-assured guy that doesn’t get too wound up about any kind of circumstance. He always seems to defend everyone similarly: he doesn’t get overwhelmed by a team attack or an individual with great assets,” Renney said. “He’s been really steady. He’s been a real nice pleasant surprise. He’s adjusted and I don’t think it’s taken him that long.”
Keep that in mind as you wonder why Renney chooses to play Aaron Ward out of position alongside Karel Rachunek. As the coach implied just now, it’s not because he wants those two together as much as he wants to keep Girardi with Fedor Tyutin, in a pairing that could be together beyond this year.
Maybe that makes it all more palatable. Maybe not.
OK, that’s all for now…