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.