Rangers agree with Dan Girardi on a six-year, $33M extension


Official announcement from the NYR:


NEW YORK, February 28, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Dan Girardi on a contract extension.
“Dan has been a Ranger for his entire career, signing with us as an undrafted free agent and working his way to become a top defenseman in the NHL,” said Sather. “His dedication to this club, as a leader both on the ice and in the locker room, is invaluable to this team. We are happy to have been able to ensure that he will continue to wear the Blueshirt.”
Girardi, 29, has ranked in the top six in the NHL in blocked shots in each of the last four seasons, and in the top 15 in average ice time in each of the last three entering this season. The eight-year veteran ranks ninth in franchise history in games played by a defenseman, having skated in 548 career regular season games with the Rangers. Selected as an NHL All-Star in 2011-12, he was awarded the John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media following last season, and was named Rangers Fan Club Rookie of the Year in 2006-07.
In 548 career games, Girardi has registered 35 goals and 136 assists for 171 points, along with 215 penalty minutes. He led Rangers defensemen in scoring during the 2010-11 season, and has ranked in the top three in scoring among team defensemen in each of his six full NHL seasons. Girardi has led the league in blocked shots twice – in 2010-11 (236) and 2012-13 (125) – and ranks first in the NHL with 847 blocked shots since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Girardi has registered four goals and 13 assists for 17 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 60 games this season. He ranks second among team defensemen in goals, assists, and points. He also leads the Rangers in hits (145), blocked shots (121), and shorthanded assists (two), and ranks second in average ice time (22:40). Girardi recorded a point in four of five games during a five-game road trip from December 27 to January 4 (one goal, three assists over the span), and skated in his 500th career NHL game on October 31 against Buffalo.
The Welland, Ontario native established career-highs in assists (27) and points (31) during the 2010-11 season. He led all Rangers defensemen and ranked second and seventh on the team, respectively, in assists and points, and led the league with a career-high, 236 blocked shots that season. In 2011-12, Girardi posted career-highs in plus/minus rating (plus-13), hits (211), and power play assists (nine), and was selected to participate in the NHL All-Star game. He tallied one assist in the contest skating with Team Alfredsson. Girardi notched a career-high, 10 goals, in his first full season with the Rangers in 2007-08, including his first career goal on October 18, 2007 at Atlanta. His 10 goals tied for 20th among NHL defensemen that season.
In post-season action, Girardi has registered five goals and 14 assists for 19 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 64 career playoff contests. He helped lead the Rangers to Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, posting playoff career-highs in games played (20), goals (three), assists (nine), points (12), plus/minus rating (plus-six), and game-winning goals (three). Girardi led all league defensemen and tied for first in the NHL overall in game-winning goals, ranked third among NHL defensemen in points and assists, ranked second on the team in points and tied for first in assists that post-season.
Girardi was originally signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on July 1, 2006. He made his NHL debut on January 27, 2007 at Philadelphia, and finished his rookie season with six assists in 34 games to capture the Rangers Fan Club Rookie of the Year award.

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  1. Got carped before

    5.5 mil for 6 years is a fair deal for both sides. I mean obviously Girardi will have regressed a bit in 6 years time, but I don’t mind since he’s one of our own and has been a good soldier here.

    If Dustin Brown is any indication (and they are very similar players) then the Rangers might be avoiding potential disaster with Callahan as Brown is having a very poor year in year 1 of 8 of his new deal (5.85 mil cap hit)

  2. Carp, am I correct in thinking that Girardi would’ve (of :) gotten a few millions and/or a year more if he waited until July?
    I think he is one of a few who know how many millions is enough.

  3. He might have, ilb. Somebody probably would have gone higher. Fair is fair. You can go for the pot of gold, or you can get it done quickly and fairly. Callahan’s swinging for the fences, and he will be traded because of it.

  4. Good deal for both parties!!! I feel a lot better now. Sather better not wait to late to resign staal. Rangers need there defensemen in tact.

  5. Excellent deal for both sides. Now maybe Cally will get more realistic with what he is looking for and Sather should up his offer to 6 years @ 6 myn per. Think that is a fair deal considering what Girardi signed for.

  6. I must admit I’m surprised that Callahan and his agent are asking for the moon and have not met the rangers in the middle. It appears Callahan hasn’t budged with his asking price. I’ve heard Callahan say he wants to be a ranger and finish his career as a ranger but it appears with his asking price he doesn’t want to be a ranger.

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    Girardi could have gotten a lot more on the open market. What do you think Philly pays for him if they gave Streit 5 million for four years?

    Great signing for the Rangers. Glad we are keeping Girardi in the fold.

    It will be a melancholy day to watch Callahan go, but at least he will be the only one.

  8. Doodie Machetto on

    I just hope they don’t do something stupid like trade somebody like Stepan for Kesler or St. Louis.

  9. Doodie Machetto on

    On another positive note: with the moving of the 3/9 game to 12:30, Doodie Jr. will be attending his first Rangers game with myself and Mrs. Machetto. I’m super excited!

  10. now if Cally would come to his senses and sign a reasonable contract, the Rangers could go to the deadline looking to add. i think the east is a lot more wide open than most.

  11. Ovi is currently crying into his oatmeal.

    Great deal at a fair price. Would’ve got $6m or more on July 1st. Well done Slats.

  12. Girardi was burning out fast under Torts. Now maybe he can pace himself a bit, to get to the finish line in one piece.

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    bulldog, really, it’s there for the taking. Is anyone really afraid of any team in the East other than Boston? I guess as the Rangers, I’m also worried about Montreal because they have really had our number in recent years, but other than that? I put us at no worse than 50-50 against every team in the East over 7 games.

  14. Goals against the Rangers are going to be hard to come by for top lines for other next few years.

    Great news.

    They say Novenas don’t work.

  15. A little more details: full NMC that starts now, not July 1st, and continues through the first 3 years, modified NTC for the last three. Would be curious to see the numbers breakdown.

  16. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Even though Girardi has a ton of miles on his body already, he is a RANGER. He wanted to be here, probably settled for less than he would have gotten as an FA, and, lo and behold, he can still rub 2 crumbs together and put food on the table for his family. Most importantly, he is where he wants to be. He proved it.

    I am sure the same level is being offered to Callahan. Callahan says there’s no place he’d rather play. Uh….prove it.

    If Callahan leaves it’s not because management wasn’t being fair. It’s because he is getting bad advice or wants to leave here.

    Kudos to DG!!

  17. Some of the Canadian media has been saying Torts does not have as much of a say, if any, personnel movement in Vancouver as he did in New York.

    Kreider is only the start of a long list of players that should be traded to the Canucks just to see Torts’ head explode.

    Gaborik? Maybe Prucha makes a comeback.

  18. I would trade Stepan for Kessler in a heartbeat. He would be a perfect fit between Nash and THE Kreider. He brings a lot of things we are lacking. Grit, Goal crease presence and he can win faceoffs.

  19. Yea Girardi was run down by tort’s system, but he’s way less injury prone than Cally, and more sturdy. So I don’t see him slowing, but potentially getting better.

  20. Callahan knows this is going to be his last contract though. With the way he plays the game, he’s not going to last much past 35.

    I really can’t blame him for getting every dollar he can get especially when he’s already seen one teammate have a career ending injury (Sauer).

  21. Kreider needs to pick his game up. We haven’t been talking about it since we’ve been winning, but he has points in only 1 of the last 13 games…

    He’s lost the THE for now…

  22. ThisYearsModel on

    Glad Girardi is signed. He has been and will continue to be a fine Ranger, and a credit to the Blueshirt.

  23. only medal winners born in modern-day Russia should be included in the count. That means no medals from Olympians born in modern-day Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan should qualify.



    what do you mean? USSR was ONE country! It’s like saying, do not count medals won by USA athletes from any of the US states! And modern days Russia is just that, Russia…the countries you listed are separate countries now and I didn’t count them when i added medals won by Russia after USSR collapsed.

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