Apparenty these are good days to be a Rangers defenseman. Because a day after the Rangers announced the re-signing of Dan Girardi, they’ll be doing the same today with his defensive partner, Fedor Tyutin.
Is there a correlation? Did Tyutin hold out until Girardi signed as well? Is there a clause in their contracts that they have to be paired together at all times? Has the team made up T-shirts for the two that says “DPF (Defensive Partners Forever)?
No word yet on terms, but I would imagine it’s slightly more than Girardi’s $1.5 million per season. Tyutin is making $1.025 million this season, but with a cap hit of $988,00.
Update, 2:35 p.m.: The News is reporting 4-year, $11.25 million for Tyutin.
In other news:
<li>Same lineup today as yesterday’s win against the Sabres. Both Marc Staal and Petr Prucha skated in Westchester, but neither are ready to return to the lineup. Staal lost 10 pounds because of the flu, and Tom Renney said the team has to take its time in fattening him back up. I offered some baby formula if the team is desperate.
Staal, however, is likely for Tuesday against Montreal.
<li>Although Stephen Valiquette was originally a consideration for today, Renney said it was important to allow Lundqvist to build on a strong showing yesterday.
“I had no problem with Steve, but I wanted Henrik to understand that by his performance, he had the net,” Renney said.
<li>Is there such a thing as a honeymoon phase for new linemates? It’s a fair question seeing how every time Renney mixes up his combinations, it seems to pay immediate dividends before tailing off.
That leads to windfalls like yesterday, but the real question is whether it can be sustained today.
<li>Scout alert: Atlanta GM and coach Don Waddell is in the house.
More in a bit…