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:
Staal, however, is likely for Tuesday against Montreal.
“I had no problem with Steve, but I wanted Henrik to understand that by his performance, he had the net,” Renney said.
That leads to windfalls like yesterday, but the real question is whether it can be sustained today.
More in a bit…