2:45 AM EDT, Thu May 05, 2016

Girardi ‘100 percent’ sure he can regain top form

One of the more interesting aspects of this offseason will be seeing what the Rangers do with defenseman Dan Girardi, coming off a sub-par season but signed through 2020 with an annual salary-cap hit of $5.5 million and with a no-movement clause through 2017 and then a no-trade clause to cover the rest of the deal. Do the Rangers believe that Girardi’s issues this season were injury related? The seeming RoboCop of a defenseman did play through a cracked knee and then suffered a concussion when hit by ex-teammate Brian Boyle of the Lightning, causing him to miss the final two regular-season...
Newsday Apr 26, 2016

Dan Girardi was forced out by post-concussion symptoms

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Veteran Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said Tuesday that "he didn't feel like myself" during Game 1 of the playoffs in Pittsburgh, and suffered a relapse of post-concussion symptoms that caused doctors to shut him down until the series-ending Game 5.
Newsday Apr 26, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist still has a hunger to succeed

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Henrik Lundqvist might well have another several good seasons left in him. But the Rangers' star goaltender has reached the point where he often finds a number attached to his name in news accounts and fan chatter.

AV confirms changes coming to Rangers

The disappointed Rangers, blown out of their first-round series in five games by the Penguins for their earliest playoff exit since 2011. conducted their breakup day today at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. And, to nobody’s surprise, coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that management will look to alter the team’s core for next season. “I think we’re at the stage now where we need to look at some changes,” Vigneault said. “For any NHL team that status quo is not possible and not what’s needed. We want to bring in different players to add to the...
Blueshirt Banter Apr 26, 2016

Breakup Day 2016: Rangers Revelations

Breakup Day featured Dan Boyle vs. Brooksie, Dan Girardi's health, and other altercations and explanations Breakup Day came early for the Rangers this year. For some, that was just the first of the unpleasant surprises. When AV decided to sit Dan Girardi for Game 2 of the team's first and only round of the playoffs, many rejoiced. Had he seen the light? Had he read Twitter? Had he actually watched the same Game 1 we watched? Whatever it was, AV was reconsidering his defense, giving minutes to fresh, underutilized rookie Dylan McIlrath (with Brady Skjei in for Ryan McDonagh), and that was...

Breakup day today; Skjei lone playoff positive

To say nothing positive happened in the Rangers’ train-wreck, five-game first-round loss to the Penguins is inaccurate. Brady Skjei happened. And that’s a good start for the 2016-17 season. The Rangers gather today at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. for breakup day before heading into an offseason that promises to see general manager Jeff Gorton make significant roster changes. Skjei, a 22-year-old defensemen picked 28th overall in the 2012 draft and in his first professional season after three seasons at the University of Minnesota, showed in the brief...
New York Post Apr 23, 2016

What’s next for Rangers’ Dan Girardi?

PITTSBURGH — Dan Girardi was sitting in his stall still wearing his sweater, twisting a piece of tape in his hands, waiting. He knew people wanted to talk to him after his Rangers’ season had just ended with a 6-3 loss the Penguins in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday afternoon at...
New York Post Apr 23, 2016

This is the end: Goodbye to a Rangers era

PITTSBURGH — The Rangers made the last two — and three of the last four — springtimes in New York special times, thrice making it to the conference finals and once taking it further to play for the Stanley Cup. They skated through the final weekend of May each of those four years, even in...
New York Post Apr 23, 2016

Rangers fully exposed in season-crushing embarrassment

PITTSBURGH — This was more than just a season ending. This was more than just defeat and disappointment. The Rangers’ 6-3 loss to the Penguins in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday afternoon at Consol Energy Center was the work of the past nine months going up in inglorious flames. Fireworks shot...
Blueshirt Banter Apr 21, 2016

Girardi out for Game Four

The Rangers' veteran defenseman sits another game, maybe more. Dan Girardi will not be in the lineup when the Rangers take on the Penguins in game four of their first round series. Despite being on the ice at the team's optional skate two days in a row, Vigneault said he will not dress in game four and possibly the remainder of the series. AV says no issues with Ryan McDonagh, fine for tonight. Dan Girardi will not play in Game 4. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) April 21, 2016 AV adds he can’t say for sure whether Girardi will be available at any point for rest of series. —...

Diaz to practice Monday; McDonagh and Girardi not imminent; AV defends Girardi

By Andy Vasquez It doesn’t appear as if Ryan McDonagh or Dan Girardi will be returning to the Rangers’ lineup for Tuesday’s Game 3 against the Penguins. Coach Alain Vigneault said that it’s unlikely either defenseman will practice today. But even after Saturday’s Game 2 win — without McDonagh or Girardi — Vigneault signaled he could be making changes to the defensive lines going forward. Raphael Diaz is expected to practice with the Rangers on Monday. The 30-year-old, who played for the Rangers in their 2014 Stanley Cup Final run, has been hampered by injury all season...
New York Post Apr 17, 2016

Vigneault: Rangers aren’t done with ‘unfairly criticized’ Girardi

That idea Dan Girardi was just going to be put out to pasture? Well, consider it squashed. The Rangers’ perennial warrior on the back end for almost a decade was fully endorsed by coach Alain Vigneault on Sunday, as his team had off ahead of Game 3 of its first-round playoff series against the Penguins...
Blueshirt Banter Apr 17, 2016

Rangers Must Save Dan Girardi's Legacy

Dan Girardi has built a proud legacy with the Rangers. The glory days are now over, though, and the best way to respect that legacy would be to not put him in positions to tarnish it. The elephant in the room for the entirety of the 2015-2016 Rangers' season has been the drastic decline of Dan Girardi. It was a sub-optimal situation before when Girardi was overpaid. Now, his contract is almost besides the point. His play this season has not been of an NHL defenseman altogether. A player who was once in the middle of the analytical debate has progressively become a a source of uniting, as...

Game 2 Rangers 4, Penguins 2: The final word(s)

WHAT IT MEANS: The Rangers beat the Penguins, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon to even their first-round series at one game apiece and turning it into a best-of-five series with three games at Madison Square Garden, including the next two. WHY IT HAPPENED: In a chippy and not particularly well-refereed game - it’s OK to let the teams play in the playoffs but not when there are dangerous plays from both teams that could have injured opponents - the Rangers tightened their defensive effort from Game 1, began to exploit the fact that Penguins backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff was a seldom-used backup for...
New York Post Apr 17, 2016

Two rookies provide big boost to beleaguered Rangers’ defense

PITTSBURGH — There were two rookie defensemen in the lineup, and the Rangers hardly seemed worse for it. Both Dylan McIlrath and Brady Skjei saw important minutes in the Blueshirts’ 4-2 win over the Penguins in Game 2 of this first-round series on Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center, now tied one game apiece as...

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