Read: What Will Dan Girardi Get In His Next Contract?/Will He Get Moved

Dan GirardiDan Girardi, 29, is in the final year of a four-year deal that had a cap hit of $3.325.

Larry Brooks wonders in the NY Post ,that with the contract Denis Wideman got two summers ago, five-years and $26.25 million, how much will Girardi get if he becomes a free agent.

Jonathon Ericson, who was on a three-year deal that had a cap hit of $3.25 million, just signed an extension with Detroit for six-years and a cap hit of $4.25 million.

Girardi has the sixth most ice-time in the NHL since 2011, behind Jay Bouwmeester, Duncan Keith, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara.

He turns 30 this April.


Glen Sather has been seeing what he could potentially get for Girardi in a trade if they are unable to sign him to an extension soon. (Ottawa Sun)

The Edmonton Oilers should be all over Dan Girardi if the Rangers are looking at the idea of moving him. (Edmonton Journal)


Adam Rotter: Girardi has been inconsistent this year and hasn’t been as good as he has been in the past few seasons but he still plays a lot of minutes for the Rangers. The Rangers will need to determine, in their view, how long Girardi can be a top-pairing guy and then for how long they think he can be a top-four defensemen. The Ericson contract is one that strikes me as the right match for the Rangers to keep Girardi. He can probably get more on the open market, but if he wants to stay with the Rangers he will probably need to take a bit less money per year.

18 comments
robo
robo

girardi can be expendable with mclrath in the minors

Mikey Tauber
Mikey Tauber

A trade centering around Dan Girardi for Keith Yandle?

Rangersfan4life
Rangersfan4life

Rangers dont think about the future, they think about the now which is why we get put in the hole all the time.. 

zenith
zenith

If they can't trade him let him walk. Definately do not re-sign. Huge mistake if they do.

Matt Corbin
Matt Corbin

Is Dean Portman Still available from the Ducks? We need a little grit

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

I think the problem is while he's an awesome defensive defenseman, we have too many guys who just kind of log minutes without contributing offensively. Look at all the names that are listed, they're all guys who log minutes and defend and score. I'd rather them try and focus on getting a d man with a cannon who can QB the power play.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

time to turn the page on Girardi and get a younger prospect while his value is still up

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

It would take more than Girardi to get Yandle. That might help tho if they were able to pry him from the Yotes.

Rangersfan4life
Rangersfan4life

We all love Girardi but i agree get something now prospect 2nd rounder whatever Future will be even brighter if we do the right thing MErry Christmas everyone!!

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

You're right. The Rangers back end is still built around Torts system and the one puck moving defenseman the Rangers have. Just can't seem to get it together and reach his full potential. Del Zotto is young still but he's played close to 300 NHL games over 4 1/2 seasons and should at least be able to run the PP. I'm not saying the Rangers should trade him but if they can get a piece they need in the right trade. I'd say do it. The one thing AV had in BC is defenseman that chip in offensively. We don't have that in NY. If we can get that type of defenseman. It'll almost immediately make the Rangers score more. A puck moving D will back off the opposition.

I don't think Sather plans on paying Girardi 4+ mil per for the way he has played and another team will on the open market. They need his right handed shot tho. So if they trade him they need a righty back. Maybe 2.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

@Michael Stewarthe's been a tremendously solid defenseman and there's no reason to believe he shouldn't be for another 5-7 years.  Why move him when there's little chance to get a guy that will play the type of minutes he does?

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

And then who is going to play the other 2 right defense positions? We only have him and Strahlman on the right side so the Rangers can't just send him away for a prospect or a draft pick. The Rangers need another righty with Girardi on the roster. I doubt Sather is giving Girardi big money this summer and it's unlikely he will give Sather a hometown discount. Sather is stuck between a rock and a hard place with the defense core. If Staal were healthy I'd trade him. We have too many lefties and need a D that is offensive minded.

zenith
zenith

Even though he's a RH shot he stinks offensively. They need to sign a few new dmen in FA. Maybe trade for Yandle which would help immensely.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Gary Wien @Michael Stewart Girardi is 29 years old and is arguably in the top 3 among D-men over the last 4 years in minutes logged. Also, Girardi has put his body in arms way (blocked shots) probably more than any D-men in the NHL. This season, Girardi has shown signs of declining; whether its due to his ability, the current system or both. Considering all of these intangibles I've mentioned above; you can honestly suggest that he has 5-7 years left in him as a solid D-men worth making $5.5-6m per year?????If the Rangers take your suggestion and sign Girardi, they will have another Wade Redden on their hands in a couple of years.

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

You're right IMO but unless he gives Sather a hometown discount. I think he may be the odd man out come July when free agency opens. Girardi has still played big mins on the top pairing in all situations but in AV's puck possession strategy. He has looked average for some reason. AV expects his defense to think offense as soon as the opposition gives up the puck in The Rangers D zone for a rush. That isn't Girardi's game. He's more of a stay at home style defenseman. If there was 1 more righty on the team. He'd be trade bait already. The Rangers would trade him if they can get a righty back that can move the puck past the forecheck and hit the net from the blue line with a hard shot. The Rangers don't have anyone like that.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Puck Luck There are other D-men currently being shopped who are also Righted shots. Perhaps Sather could make a one for one deal and both teams benefit. Regardless, Sather should not re-sign him unless Girardi is willing to take a 2 year deal at roughly $5m per year. Anything more than that in years/$$ would put the Rangers in a position (similar to Wade Redden) of either buying out his contract or exiling Girardi to Hartford.

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

You're right. He's not much of an offensive type but more of a "Stay at home" type of defenseman but finding a RH D isn't going to be easy. There just isn't many out there. Of all the defenseman in the NHL, only 1/3 are right handed. All 29 other teams are usually holding righties like aces in poker. I think Girardi ends up the odd man out so the others can get paid. I doubt Sather wants to pay Girardi 4-5 mil per season with how he has played under AV's system but he may take a discount to stay. He's been here his entire career.