One of the biggest mistakes the New York Rangers made this season was extending the contract of defenseman Dan Girardi instead of trading him at the trade deadline for some key pieces in order to ensure the Rangers’ future when they had the chance.
Girardi’s postseason was so dreadful this year that he looked worn down and as if he aged 10 years; he must have caught it from teammate Brad Richards. With a brand new contract extension with a $5.5 million cap hit up until the 2019-20 season, Girardi’s contract is already shaping up to be the next albatross for the Rangers’ organization.
Now, Girardi is not an offensive defenseman, so having one goal and six assists in this year’s postseason is not what concerns me about his future with the Rangers. What does concern me about Girardi is that throughout the entire playoffs this season, he made poor decisions with the puck in both the defensive and offensive zones, got easily beat at times, leading to prime scoring chances for the opposition, and could not handle other teams’ forecheck pressure, especially against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals, leading to frequent turnovers and goals against.
Girardi has not even begun receiving payment from his new five year deal, and if this year’s postseason was any indication, it was already a big mistake. Bottom line, if Girardi continues to suffer from Richards syndrome next season, then the Rangers’ future is indeed bleak.