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)
During the series against Montreal, Joe Micheletti said that Girardi was having a "real good series" and went on to say that he has the "ugliest looking ankle" from that injury that caused him to miss time near the end of the year. (MSG)
Micheletti said that the Rangers need to cut a hole in Girardi's skate so that he can get his foot into it. (MSG)
Following the Rangers Game 6 win over Montreal, Keith Jones said that Girardi had a difficult season but "found a way to get it done when it mattered most. (NBC)
Jones praised Girardi's "commitment" and called him "outstanding" for how he was takings hits to make plays and block shots. (NBC)
Mike Milbury said on NBC that it's hard to be critical of Girardi because his "heart is so big." (NBC)
Larry Brooks wrote that Girardi "staged a revival" with his play in the first round and delivered "thunderous hits." (NY Post)
Brooks also mentioned that Girardi still faces the possibility of a buyout this summer and that this could be his last run with the Rangers. (NY Post)
If the Rangers were to buy out the remaining three years of Girardi's contract they would carry cap hits of $2.6 million next season, $3.6 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and then $1.1 million from 2020-21 to 2022-23. (Cap Friendly)
Adam Rotter: There has been no indication that the Rangers have interest in carrying dead weight on the salary cap, which is what would happen if they bought out Girardi, or any other player, but these are all questions and topics for when the Rangers season ends. Girardi had a nice series against Montreal and definitely resembled his old self at times with the blocked shots and big hits. The Rangers will continue to rely on Girardi to play big minutes next to Ryan McDonagh and will need him to play at the same or similar level as he did in the first round.