One of the New York Rangers‘ has finally signed a contract extension. It isn’t the captain Ryan Callahan but defenseman Dan Girardi. According to reports, Girardi agreed to a six-year deal worth $5.5 million per year. This move is a smart move by general manager Glen Sather.
Over the course of his career Girardi has been the epitome of a shutdown defenseman. Every single game he plays against opposing teams’ top defenseman. He also is always near the top of the league in shots blocked. There are very few defenseman who can do as much defensively as Girardi.
Even though he is known for being a defensive defenseman, Girardi has shown flashes of offensive ability. He has a hard, accurate shot from the point. Occasionally, he is used on the power play because of that great shot.
He has also shown the ability to be a great leader. He is one of the heart and soul guys on the Rangers and has been for a long time. He embodied everything that former coach John Tortorella wanted from the Rangers. Girardi struggled early under new head coach Alain Vigneault, but he has adjusted and is back to his former ways.
The Rangers are playing great hockey right now and Girardi is a large piece of that. Now, he will most likely retire on Broadway. The Rangers haven’t made good signings in the past, but they have finally made a smart move by locking up Girardi. Now that he is signed it will be a big relief for him and expect his play to get even better.