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New York Post Jun 18, 2017
Why Dan Girardi always will be considered Rangers royalty

Why Dan Girardi always will be considered Rangers royalty

On Jan. 12, Dan Girardi was sharing his memories with me of Steven McDonald, the inspirational NYPD Detective who had died two days earlier and for whom the Rangers’ Extra Effort Award is named. In the course of the conversation Girardi casually said, “I never won the award, but …” and I thought, “What?” So...
Blueshirt Banter Jun 16, 2017
In Defense of Derek Stepan

In Defense of Derek Stepan

After the New York Rangers elimination in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it was suggested by the team, media, and fans, that their core group may need to change. The decision to buyout Dan Girardi was the first indication that the Rangers’ front office acknowledged that their core must change to maintain their status as Stanley Cup contenders. However, there are rumors that this may not be the only change to their core in this offseason – as Bob McKenzie reported, the Rangers are exploring a trade involving Derek Stepan. Stepan was drafted 51st overall in 2008 by the Rangers and joined...
Blueshirt Banter Jun 15, 2017
What Should A Derek Stepan Trade Look Like?

What Should A Derek Stepan Trade Look Like?

Amidst the chaos of Dan Girardi getting bought out by the New York Rangers; hockey insider Bob McKenzie dropped a rather interesting little tweet into the mix NYR centre Derek Stepan's name is fairly prominent in trade chatter. Stepan's contract has four more years with AAV of $6M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 14, 2017 (McKenzie later corrected Stepan’s AAV which is $6.5 million) While many fans have been debating and speculating about trading the 26-year-old center, this tweet was really the first time that it’s confirmed that Stepan’s name is among those names being...
Blueshirt Banter Jun 15, 2017
Coming To Terms with Dan Girardi’s Tenure as a Ranger

Coming To Terms with Dan Girardi’s Tenure as a Ranger

“A real love story is sometimes exhausting. A romance is deliberately constructed to yield a certain result; the ambiguities are trimmed out, so it's neater and more pleasing to our hearts. But you don't live a love story, you live a life.” - Melissa Pritchard I’ve read a handful of tributes to Dan Girardi and, with no disrespect intended, they left me feeling uneasy. There have been some which read like an obituary, exaggerating the good while glossing over - even spinning into a positive - the bad. You see, it would be less pleasing to view him in anything but a positive light....
Blueshirt Banter Jun 15, 2017
Thank You For Everything, Dan

Thank You For Everything, Dan

There was a time when Dan Girardi wasn’t, well, Dan Girardi. There was a time when he was one of those kids fans were begging for; home grown and ready to make an impact. When he was throwing wet blankets on the other team’s top line. Girardi has manned the Rangers top pair for a long time. There was a period of his career where you could honestly say he deserved the role and thrived there. In John Tortorella’s grit and grind style that saw a demand for shot blocking and slowing the game down, Girardi blossomed. He can get in front of shots. He can grind along the boards. He’s a...
New York Post Jun 14, 2017
An old-school warrior’s time is over, and so is a Rangers era

An old-school warrior’s time is over, and so is a Rangers era

Here is the quintessential Dan Girardi moment, coming near the end of the 2013-14 regular season just before the Rangers went on a run to the Stanley Cup final: After a practice in Tarrytown, Girardi took off his skate and his ankle was about the size of a grapefruit. A reporter looked down and asked...
New York Daily News Jun 14, 2017
Rangers say goodbye to Girardi, who should be celebrated

Rangers say goodbye to Girardi, who should be celebrated

Nobody wanted it to end this way for Dan Girardi, a man who earned every ounce of respect he got for the way he carried himself.
Oilers Nation Jun 14, 2017

Should the Oilers be interested in Dan Girardi?

Earlier today, the New York Rangers announced that they are going to buy out defenceman Dan Girardi’s contract. The rugged defensive defenceman had three more years left on a contract that was set to pay him $5.5 million annually. In buying out Girardi, the Rangers have saved some cap room over the next three years,...
Blueshirt Banter Jun 14, 2017
McKenzie: “Stepan’s name fairly prominent in trade chatter”

McKenzie: “Stepan’s name fairly prominent in trade chatter”

In case one lightning bolt wasn’t enough today with the announcement of Dan Girardi being bought out, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is saying that there has been a lot of talk about Rangers center Derek Stepan in trade chatter. NYR centre Derek Stepan's name is fairly prominent in trade chatter. Stepan's contract has four more years with AAV of $6M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 14, 2017 (Note: McKenzie’s initial tweet was mistaken, Stepan carries a $6.5 million cap hit through the next four seasons.) Another layer to this story was a piece published today by TSN about the Matt...
Newsday Jun 14, 2017

Rangers buy out defenseman Dan Girardi

Ironman defenseman Dan Girardi Wednesday agreed to a buyout of the remaining three years of his contract, clearing cap space for the team and ending a record-setting Rangers career.
The Hockey Writers Jun 14, 2017

New York Rangers Buy Out Dan Girardi

The New York Rangers officially announced Wednesday that they will be buying out the contract of veteran defender Dan Girardi on Thursday when the buyout window opens. Girardi was set to make $5.5 million for each of the next three seasons prior to this transaction. Per CapFriendly, the Rangers will save money over the next three […]

Dan Girardi to be bought out by Rangers

I poured my heart and soul into this team for the past 11 seasons and I enjoyed every minute of it.
New York Post Jun 14, 2017
Rangers are done with Dan Girardi

Rangers are done with Dan Girardi

It was far more than Dan Girardi ever could have expected out of his career, but the undrafted defenseman is no longer a Ranger. The Rangers announced Wednesday they are buying out the three remaining years on Girardi’s contract, which carried an annual $5.5 million salary-cap hit. With the buyout, they will have dead space...
Blueshirt Banter Jun 14, 2017
Official: New York Rangers to buy out Dan Girardi

Official: New York Rangers to buy out Dan Girardi

Today the New York Rangers announced that the team will buy out the contract of 33-year-old defenseman and alternate captain Dan Girardi. OFFICIAL: #NYR will buy out the contract of defenseman Dan Girardi. pic.twitter.com/pZIkuiGGKL— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 14, 2017 Girardi played 788 regular season games and 122 postseason games with the Rangers - both of which are incredible feats for a player who was undrafted. Girardi joined the Rangers main roster as a rookie during the 2006-07 season after 111 games in the AHL and seven games in the ECHL after leaving the London...
New York Daily News Jun 14, 2017
Rangers to buy out contract of veteran defenseman Dan Girardi

Rangers to buy out contract of veteran defenseman Dan Girardi

Change was inevitable for the Rangers, and the complexion of their core is officially changing.

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