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Oct 19, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 19, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

3:41PM: Girardi spoke earlier today and said that he wanted to spend his entire career with the Rangers but that he couldn't be happier to be in Tampa and he is having a great time. (NY Post)

Coach Jon Cooper said that Girardi is a "stabilizing force" on defense and in the locker room, adding that Girardi is a "hell of a guy" and has been "good for us." (NY Post)

8:55AM: The Rangers will face former defenseman Dan Girardi tonight against the Lightning in their first meeting since Girardi's contract was bought out over the summer.

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Dan Girardi spoke with the media in Tampa Bay earlier today and spoke about the end of his time with the Rangers and his decision to sign in Tampa. (TB)

  • "The ending in New York wasn't what I wanted but I think this is a good opportunity for me to come here and help the younger guys on the back end and do what I canto help this team win."
  • "Getting bought out makes me even more hungry to show that I can still play and contribute."
  • On the buyout, "it was a little bit surprising, you hear rumblings here and there throughout the year but until it actually happens you are pretty surprised. It is what it is, it's way in the past for me. I am way past my chapter in New York and looking forward to my time in Tampa."
  • Steve Yzerman called Girardi spoke for "20 minutes about how he wanted me here and I was sold from there on."
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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault said that he spoke with both Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi and told them how much they meant to the team and to himself as both players and people. (NY Post)

Vigneault said, "those are the kinds of people you care about. Everyone knows how important they were to our group." (NY Post)

He said though that the Rangers had "decisions to make" and that even with the moves the Rangers are still a "good team and we still have our goal set on winning the Stanley Cup." (NY Post)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

7/1/17 | Girardi is expected to sign a TWO-YEAR deal with Tampa Bay that has a cap hit of $3 million per season. (Bob McKenzie)

1:40PM: Girardi was on TSN and said that it was sad to leave the Rangers but now it's a new chapter in his life.

He added that he spoke with Ryan Callahan when Girardi was down to a couple of teams.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers announced yesterday that they are buying out the final three-years of Dan Girardi's contract, freeing up an extra $2.8 million in cap space for this season.

By buying out Girardi, the Rangers also had another spot open up to protect a defenseman in the expansion draft.

Girardi reportedly intends to continue his NHL career and will pursue options as a free agent after his buyout from the Rangers becomes official. (Johnston)

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Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebate the game tying goal aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebate the game tying goal aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram the following message about his now former teammate Dan Girardi, "For 11 years you have left everything you had in front of me. The way you competed and paid the price night in and night out inspired me more than you know. Will miss you on and off the ice. To me you are the definition of a warrior and I will ALWAYS appreciate what you have done for me and our team over the years. Thank you G!!!"

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8:58PM: Ryan McDonagh posted on Instagram, "What a competitor who cares more about his teammates than himself. A true pro who taught me a lot about the game when I was just getting started. Thanks for everything G!! We will miss you"

Mats Zuccarello told a Norwegian paper that Girardi is someone he has looked up to and that it's "sad" to see a friend leave the team. (Framtid)

Zuccarello added that Girardi was someone who sacrificed his body for the team. (Framtid)

4:06PM: On Instagram, Mats Zuccarello made the following post about former teammate Dan Girardi, "Probobly over 1500 blocked shots the last 10 years. Played with alot of injuries and always gave 100% for the blueshirts. Everyone gonna miss u 5'er. Good luck to u�� #machine"

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Derek Stepan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derek Stepan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

6/14/17 | 1:53PM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Derek Stepan's name is "fairly prominent" in trade chatter around the NHL.

McKenzie notes though that just because a player is being talked about doesn't mean he will get traded.

Stepan has four-years left on his contract at $6.5 million but has a full No-Trade clause kick in on July 1.

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Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Rangers have sent along comments from Dan Girardi after the team announced his contract will be bought out:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New York Rangers organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League. I would also like to thank James Dolan, Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld, Jeff Gorton, John Rosasco, Jason Vogel, all of the coaches and front office staff, Jim Ramsay and his amazing training staff, the equipment staff, and all the Madison Square Garden employees for making my past 11 years so special.

I have spent one-third of my life as a New Yorker and as a New York Ranger. New York will always be our second home. I started my family here, got married to my wife Pam, and had our two children, Landon and Shaye. We have been fortunate to meet so many great people and our kids have made so many friends.

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1:02PM: The Rangers have announced that they will buy out the contract of Dan Girardi.

"Dan's contributions to the New York Rangers organization have been immeasurable," Rangers President Glen Sather said. "He has been a role model through his relentless determination, giving everything he had to this organization both on and off the ice. He, Pam, Landon, and Shaye will always be a part of the Rangers family."

"I would like to thank Dan for everything he has given of himself to the Rangers over 11 seasons," Gorton said. "He has been one of the key contributors to our success over the past decade. We have the utmost respect for Dan and wish him all the best going forward."

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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

The Rangers did not ask either Marc Staal or Dan Girardi to waive their no-move clauses in order to be exposed for the expansion draft. (NY Post)

It had been reported the past couple of weekends that the Rangers had not asked either player to do so.

Nick Holden and Kevin Klein will both be exposed as potential players for Vegas to take in the expansion draft.

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Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)

Alain Vigneault was asked on breakup day about Marc Staal an Dan Girardi and if they are both still 20 minute a night players.

Vigneault said that if you were to ask the players that question then they would likely say yes, while adding that from his perspective everything will sort itself out at training camp.

  • Girardi played 63 games this season, scoring 4 goals, 11 assists, 19:06 per game, 44% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5. He played in all 12 playoff games, 2 assists, 22:06 per game 45.4% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5.
  • Staal played 72 games this season, scoring 3 goals, 7 assists, 19:11 per game, 46.6% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5. He played in all 12 playoff games, 0 points, 19:15 per game, 44.9% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5.

He added that there are some players who are "taking strides" and deserve more minutes and that would mean that other players would get fewer minutes.

Asked about his season, Girardi said that it was definitely an improvement over his 2015-16 season but that he wishes he could have done more in the playoffs. (SNY)

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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

In the first round against Montreal, Dan Girardi was credited 1 assist, a plus two rating, 8 shots on goal, 14 shot attempts, 17 hits, 21 blocked shots, 3 takeaways and 18 giveaways.

He averaged 22:13 per game and when he was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 44% of the shot attempts.

Girardi said that he is pleased with how he has played so far and said that his focus has been on working as hard as he can. (NY Post)

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that while he is always evaluating his players and keeping those evaluations in a "mental file," he is only focused right now on Game 2. (NY Post)

Gorton said that he likes this team and that in a "perfect world" the Rangers would have a "great playoffs" and he could bring everyone back. (NY Post)

He said that he doesn't want anyone thinking about their future right now and that everyone should be focused on one thing only, "winning." (NY Post)

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, center Mika Zibanejad and center Oscar Lindberg pose before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, center Mika Zibanejad and center Oscar Lindberg pose before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:33 PHI Valtteri Filppula; Assist: Jordan Weal
  • 3:57 NYR Mika Zibanejad (power play); Assist: Mats Zuccarello
  • 7:10 NYR Brendan Smith; Assists: Zuccarello, Derek Stepan

Third period:

  • 7:01 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Dan Girardi, Zuccarello    
  • 9:10 NYR Chris Kreider; Assist: Stepan
  • 17:54 PHI Brayden Schenn; Assist: Shayne Gostisbehere
  • 18:45 PHI Filppula; Assists: Jakub Voracek, Gostisbehere   
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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In his return to the Rangers lineup last night, Dan Girardi had an assist and played 20:03.

Girardi had one shot on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 3 hits, 3 giveaways and 2 blocked shots.

He played 6:41 in the first, 7:26 in the second and 5:56 in the third period while also killing 2:31 on the PK.

Girardi said on MSG after the game he knew his return wouldn't be perfect but that he focused on playing hard, blocking shots and throwing some hits.(MSG)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

6:05PM: The Rangers have announced that Dan Girardi will return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow against LA and will be paired with Ryan McDonagh. (NYR)

Girardi has missed the past 12 games while a wound on his ankle healed.

He has 4 goals and 8 assists this season for the Rangers with an average of 18:57 per game, 94 hits, 149 blocked shots, 7 takeaways and 38 giveaways.

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The NY Chapter of the PHWA has nominated Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi for the Masterton Trophy which is given annually to "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Mats Zuccarello was one of the finalists  for the award last season but did not win.

Dominic Moore won the award in 2014 while with the Rangers.

Marc Staal was the Rangers nominee in 2015.

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

11:15AM: The Rangers have announced that Girardi will be out 10 days to 2 weeks with his ankle injury. (NYR)

11:10AM: Klein came on the ice at the end of the morning skate though his status for tonight is still unknown. (Rosen)

10:35AM: Dan Girardi is not at the morning skate today and that he will miss tonight's game against Washington with an ankle injury. (NYR)

With Kevin Klein also likely out the Rangers only have 5 healthy defensemen.

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

2:13PM: Klein is reportedly suffering from back spasms and will not be available in either of the Rangers games this weekend. (Cyrgalis)

Dan Girardi should be fine to play tomorrow. (Cyrgalis)

1:17PM: The Rangers have announced that Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein are not practicing today and that both have been given maintenance days. (NYR)

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Dec 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) checks New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) into the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) checks New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) into the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Throughout the season, Alain Vigneault has talked about different things that he would like to do or employ with the Rangers "in an ideal world."

In December, Vigneault was asked about the idea of giving Dan Girardi a rest as a precaution and said that it was one of those scenarios that would work "in an ideal world."

He said that the Metro is very tight and that "you need to play your best lineup and what you feel is your best lineup and that is what we are trying to do, we are trying to win games. "

On Saturday, Vigneault was again asked about the idea of resting Girardi and said that he is only looking at things one game at a time.

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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders were throttled by the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, 7-1. The six-goal margin of defeat was the largest for the Islanders since a 6-0 loss to Minnesota on March 18, 2014.
  • The Rangers winning streak reached a season-high six games with Monday's 3-2 victory at the Blue Jackets. It is the longest winning streak by the Rangers since a run of nine games from October 25 -- November 15, 2015.
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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebrates win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebrates win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

In his return to the lineup after missing two games with a foot injury, Dan Girardi played 16:22 and saw 4:05 on the PK in the Rangers win over Columbus.

He played 5:12 in the first, 6 minutes in the second and 5:10 in the third while also blocking three shots.

Girardi scored a shorthanded goal 12 seconds into the second period that bounced off of two Columbus sticks and into the net.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey's go-ahead goal midway through the third period propelled the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Nationwide Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 8:12 COL Brandon Dubinsky; Assists: Brandon Saad, Seth Jones

Second period:

  • 0:12 NYR Dan Girardi (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller

Third period:

  • 4:49 NYR Hayes; Unassisted
  • 11:53 COL Nick Foligno; Assist: David Savard
  • 13:28 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Derek Stepan, Nick Holden  
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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

2:49PM: Girardi spoke with the media this morning and said (NYR):

  • On the skate this morning, "obviously get a couple of more reps, only 4 guys out there so a lot of shots and a lot of skating and it was nice to get out there and do that."
  • On when it first happened, "I knew it would be sore the next day but it got pretty big and the next day I couldn't even really get my foot in my skate and that was a no-go. I tried to put it in the next day at practice and couldn't really walk, so that was a no-go. I skated Saturday morning a bit which wasn't too great but practice yesterday with the team was better and today it felt fine. I wanted to take some time and let it heal properly and I'm ready to go now."
  • Is there extra protection, "I'll probably but something down there just to be safe but you can't really be thinking about it there. You just gotta play and if it gets hit again it gets hit again."
  • Did you have to be convinced to sit out, "The convincing was that my skate wouldn't go on. Your feet is a big part of the game, all the other stuff you can battle through but skating is a big part and if you can't skate you can't play."

12:06PM: Girardi said that he is good to go and that the swelling around his foot has gone down. (Zipay)

Girardi practiced in full on Sunday and noted that his feet are pretty important part of his game. (NY Post)

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

2/9/17 | 3:44PM: Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Girardi, "took a shot, he blocked a couple of shots last game, but he took one off the foot and it opened up and he had to take a couple of stitches so he won't play tonight but I am hoping that it won't be long. The swelling has to go down and he should be good in a couple of days."

11:42AM: Dan Girardi will miss tonight's game against Nashville after blocking a shot on Tuesday (NYR).

Girardi was awarded the Broadway Hat on Tuesday after the Rangers win over Anaheim.

Girardi has missed four games this season with three coming because of an injured groin.

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Dan Girardi was awarded the Broadway Hat following tonight's win over Anaheim.

Girardi played 23:09, was a plus two, had one shot that missed the net, 1 hit, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway and 2 blocked shots.

He played 5:38 in the first, 8:40 in the second and 8:51 in the third.

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Lundqvist on his progress 00:00:33
Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the goalkeeper's recent progress and improvement following a rough stretch.

The New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 11:31 NYR Brandon Pirri

Second period:

  • 13:28 NYR Matt Puempel; Assists: Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi
  • 18:01 LA Jordan Nolan; Assists: Andy Andreoff, Drew Doughty

Third period:

  • 6:40 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assist: J.T. Miller
  • 19:59 LA Kyle Clifford
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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Dan Girardi has played in 32 games this season and is averaging 19:04 per game.

Joe Micheletti said earlier in the year on MSG, that Girardi's game was back and had a "great first 23 games" of the season.

He noted that there were a lot of questions about Girardi's speed and whether he could bounce back, saying that Girardi deserved an "A" or "B" for how he has played this season.

 

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

8:23PM: Vigneault said of Girardi (NYR):

  • "When Dan suffered his groin injury a couple of weeks back, decided with our medical staff that on back to back games we would be preventative…careful on back to backs and that is what we are doing."
  • It's preventive. When the injury happened, with our doc and Rammer we discussed on back to back nights, not a long time but a short time. We want to be careful and this is the first back to back."

5:23PM: Dan Girardi will be scratched tonight and replaced with Adam Clendening in the Rangers lineup. (Brooks)

Girardi was told yesterday by Alain Vigneault that he won't play tonight and reportedly "understands."

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Dan Girardi has two goals and two assists in eight games this season with an average of 16:58 per game.

In the past six games since he returned from injury, Girardi is a plus 6 and averaging 18:27 per game.

When asked about his start, Girardi said that last year, "wasn't the best of years for everybody and myself personally. Had the attitude of blocking out everything, playing my hardest and whatever happens, happens." (MSG)

Marc Staal said that Girardi had a definite drive coming to training camp and has had a positive attitude from day one. (MSG)

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GEICO SportsNite: NY Rangers 00:02:07
Justine Ward joins GEICO SportsNite from Madison Square Garden to talk about the Rangers starting the season with 40 goals in 10 games.

Jimmy Vesey had a huge night as the Rangers beat the Blues, 5-0 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:34
Justine Ward breaks down the Rangers' 6-1 victory over Tampa Bay, while players and head coach Alain Vigneault react to the win.

Michael Grabner recorded a hat trick and the New York Rangers scored four goals in the second period en route to a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Bruins forward David Pastrnak will have a hearing tomorrow for "charging, illegal check to the head" of Dan Girardi.Pastrnak was given a two-minute penalty for illegal check to the head of Girardi midway through the second period.

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Dan Girardi takes hit directly to the face, remains in good condition

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In his return to the Rangers lineup last night, Dan Girardi had the game winning goal, was a plus two, had two shots on goal, 3 hits, 1 takeaway and 2 blocked shots in 19:15.Girardi played 5:55 in the first period, 6:44 in the second period and 6:36 in the third period while mostly skating with Brady SkjeiMats Zuccarello said that it was really cool for Girardi to score the winner and that he gets "undeserved" blame. (Nettavisen)

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Girardi said after the game (via the Rangers Game Notes):

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New York Rangers right wing Josh Jooris celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the first period against Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers right wing Josh Jooris celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the first period against Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Dan Girardi scored a go-ahead goal 1:55 into the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

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Nov 12, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Blues 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Nov 12, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Blues 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

The Rangers announced last night that today's 11:30AM morning skate would only be for players who are not playing tonight.

Dan Rosen notes that Dan Girardi DID NOT skate this morning and that Adam Clendening did skate.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that Girardi would likely be available today for the Rangers.

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Nov 12, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Blues 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Nov 12, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Blues 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

5:22PM: Alain Vigneault said that Girardi had a "good skate" this morning and should be available to play on Sunday if there are no setbacks. (Gulitti)

1:28PM: Girardi says that he is feeling better but will not play tonight. (Brooks)

8:26AM: Alain Vigneault said that he thought Dan Girardi looked "fine" when he watched him skate the past two days.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

11:28AM: Dylan McIlrath and Josh Jooris will play tonight for the Rangers. (NYR

10:20AM: The Rangers have announced that Pavel Buchnevich and Dan Girardi will not play tonight against the Sharks.

Buchnevich will miss the game with back spasms.

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

11:06PM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG, "He's got a hip-flexor. We will know the severity tomorrow. At this time I would say that he is a little bit more than day to day."

10:52PM: Alain Vigneault said that Girardi has a hip-flexor injury and is being considered "more than day to day." (Zipay)

10:02PM: The Rangers have announced that Dan Girardi will not return to tonight's game.

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First Period:

  • Jason Chimera (1:33) - ASST: Stephen Gionta, Jesse Graham
  • Mika Zibanejad (4:55) - ASST: Adam Clenending, Brandon Pirri
  • Chris Kreider (18:10) - ASST: Adam Clendening, Matt Bodie

Second Period:

  • Brandon Pirri (Power Play, 17:05) - ASST: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider

Third Period:

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Dan Girardi said that he is feeling the best that he has in the last 3-4 years and feels good about himself and how he feels. (Newsday)

Girardi said that while he doesn't care what the "doubters" are saying about him, he wants to prove that he can still play and help the team. (Rangers Report)

Asked if he felt he could be the player he was in the past, Girardi said, "I have no doubt at all. I am ready for this year." (Newsday)

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Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)

9/23/16: 3:13PM: Vigneault said that Staal and Girardi are "huge" parts of this team.

He said that Marc Staal feels good and strong and will get back to winning those one on one battles he used to win.

He added "We need those players on top of theri game."

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Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Kevin Allen lists Dan Girardi as one of 10 players who could "make or break" their team for the coming season. (USA Today)

Allen says that Jeff Gorton was able to upgrade the Rangers offense this summer but need Girardi to "resemble the shutdown defender" he has been in the past. (USA Today)

Jeff Gorton has said that the Rangers believe Girardi will be better next season.

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Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi (5) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi (5) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

On a conference call earlier this week, general manager Jeff Gorton said that he did not consider a buying out Dan Girardi's contract during the buyout period in June and that it didn't make sense for the organization.

Gorton said, "I know that Girardi is taking a beating in the media, but you are talking about a player who is 32, has had significant injury. We have seen some real good production out of him for many years. He did, by all accounts, not have the year that we wanted or he wanted."

Gorton added "I really believe, and the organization believes, that Dan Girardi will be better this season.

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Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)

6/25/16 | 8:06AM: Staal and Girardi have attracted no-interest in a potential trade and have not been asked to waive their no-move clauses. (NY Post) 

Gorton looked into potential deals for Staal and Girardi before the draft. (Daily News)

6/24/16 | 5:56PM: The Rangers are trying to move Dan Girardi and/or Marc Staal according to Pat Leonard. (Daily News)

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Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)

11:33AM: There was apparently a rumor that was shot down that indicated that Dan Girardi was almost traded to the Canucks before Vancouver acquired Erik Gudbrandson. (Sportsnet)

8:33AM: Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers feel they will need to protect Dan Girardi in the expansion draft next summer because the no-move clause throughout his contract will overrule his limited no-trade clause. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Girardi could by exposed if he decides to waive his no-move clause for the draft, same with Marc Staal, with the likelihood that he won't be selected. (NY Post)

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

6/16/16 | 3PM: In January, Larry Brooks spoke with Dan Girardi's agent and Girardi's agent Don Meehan said that Girardi's contract features "a full no-move in the first 3 years and then in the last 3 years he can be traded to 15 teams." (NY Post)

Today, Salary Cap website General Fanager reported on twitter that Girardi has a no-move clause throughout his entire contract as well the modified no-trade clause in the final three years.

He said that he has received the contract language and said that it doesn't contradict what Brooks was told and noted that while the modified no-trade "governs trades," the no-move would apply to all other types of transactions, such as waivers.

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