5:03PM: “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. “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.” (Glen Sather in the Rangers press release)
4:45PM: Girardi’s deal includes a full no-move clause in the first three-years and a modified no-trade clause in the final three-years. (Pierre LeBrun)
- 5:46PM: Girardi’s no-move clause kicks in now even though the extension doesn’t start until July 1. That is a new part of the CBA if both sides want to do that. (LeBrun)
4:40PM: Girardi has agreed to terms on a contract extension. (Larry Brooks)
The deal is six-years at $5.5 million. (Darren Dreger)
Adam Rotter: I had a feeling that today would be the day that the Rangers and Girardi finally hammered, or as Girardi put it last night “bang” out the extension. They seemed too close not to make a deal and he is too important to the Rangers to trade him or let him walk away. When the money is close, as it has been for a few days, it’s secondary details like how long no-move/no-trade clauses are in effect, salary structure by year and others that delay the process.
This was a move they had to make, going at least one-year and probably a few hundred thousand more than they seemed to want to, because replacing Girardi was going to be nearly impossible. It took the Rangers nearly two seasons to find a right shot replacement for Michael Sauer so who knows how long it would take to find someone who could replace Girardi. In the end it’s a fair deal for the Rangers and Girardi and allows their top defense pair to be together for the foreseeable future.
4:33PM: “Sounds as if Girardi, Rangers dotting I’s and crossing T’s.” (Larry Brooks)
4:24PM: The Rangers are Dan Girardi are very close to coming to terms on a contract extension and it may be announced later today. (John Shannon)
Girardi said after the game last night that he was hoping something could be done in the next few days.
Girardi has been seeking a six-year deal worth $5.5 million per season.
6:29PM: What is curious to me is why did this take too long. Girardi got exactly what his original request was, 6 years at $5.5 and part of me wonders if he wasn’t waiting to see if Callahan or someone else was going to get something better. I am just wondering why it took within a week of the trade deadline. Everyone that I spoke with in the Rangers said that if he wasn’t signed by March 5th he would be in the same box as Callahan and a good chance he would be traded. Girardi loves NY and NY likes Girardi so it’s probably a wise decision.”
From the Rangers:
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.