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Girardi agrees to six-year, $33 million extension with Rangers

Feb 28, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

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Dan Girardi is staying with the New York Rangers. The 29-year-old defenseman has agreed to a six-year, $33 million contract extension ($5.5 million cap hit), that value according to multiple reports.

“Dan has been a Ranger for his entire career, signing with us as an undrafted free agent and working his way to become a top defenseman in the NHL,” said general manager Glen Sather in a release. “His dedication to this club, as a leader both on the ice and in the locker room, is invaluable to this team. We are happy to have been able to ensure that he will continue to wear the Blueshirt.”

Girardi was a pending unrestricted free agent, and there was talk he could be traded prior to Wednesday’s deadline should no extension be reached.

As far as comparable contracts for pending UFA defenseman go, there’s Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf (seven years, $7 million cap hit) and Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson (six years, $4.25 million cap hit) to consider.

For general manager Glen Sather, attention will now turn to captain Ryan Callahan, who remains an unrestricted free agent and could still be traded by Wednesday.

  1. rpiotr01 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Good deal. He’s a top 2 guy for the Rangers with limited offense but great defense. Good number for both sides.

    If the Rangers offered Callahan the same deal he should jump at it. Maybe he’ll smarten up.

    • flash8910 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Great deal for Giradi. He is easily top 10 shut down D in the league.

      This would be may over-paying for Callahan. He is not top 10 in anything in the league. Callahan is a very good player with a lot of good intangibles, but there are a lot of better players that are getting less than what he is demanding. Plus, his playing style does not make for a long career. He is hitting 30 soon, and he will probably only have 2 -3 good years left.

      • henrik4dawin - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        I agree– I would love to sign Cally for another 2-3 years while we develop new leadership. Then trade him after a good season (by him) for maximum value and let another team deal with his injuries and lack of points

  2. earpaniac - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    When you look at contracts in the old CBA, for me that’s why these new deals seem so insane. I have no problem with guys getting them, the market is always a good indicator/corrector.

  3. pone27 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Girardi deserves that contract, good move by Sather.

    Being a life long NYer but always a Hawks fan, seeing Sather make this move makes me say “maybe, just maybe, Sather is starting to get it.”

    • jkay1818 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      there is a huge misconception about sather and his tenure with the rangers. he’s done above average in the drafts and has done extremely well with trades. he’s floundered with signing big names. He didnt have that luxury in edmonton where he built a dynasty. he did it via the draft and some trades. He came to NY and dolan gave him the power to spend. For the most part, it’s panned out to be crap but drafts and trades he’s been good. Even deals in getting players like Prust, etc.
      A lot of those bad signings he was able to amend by dealing gaborik for brassard, moore and dorsett. He was also able to flip gomez for mcdonagh and higgins to free up space to get gaborik in the first place. He does some questionable things but he did build this team and then moved some guys.

      • pone27 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        So what you’re saying is Sather has been a solid GM for the Rangers?? And you are basing this off of trades he has made? Well, any smart hockey fan/GM knows that cap play comes first, and trades are to be made to help not also bolster certain weak points but more importantly, maintain proper cap structure, which Sather fails TERRIBLY at.

        Guys like Stan Bowman, Ray Schero, Dale Tallon, I’ll even say Brian Burke are stellar GMs. They maintain cap flexibility, as well as make trades that won’t kill their cap in the future. They have also won cups. What have the Rangers done under Sather? With the Rangers roster, they should not have to be in the situation they are in now. Guys like Richards, Gaborik, Gomez etc. are terrible moves that now affect them still. Just because you get a guy off your books doesn’t mean the damage has been fixed.

        This is why I will say again, Sather is starting to get it.

  4. 950003cups - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Smart move by Sather.

  5. jkay1818 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    So those guys, like a Brian Burke are great GMs but sather isn’t? The same sather who was inducted to the hall of fame and who is the architect of one of the greatest teams in sports history, let alone hockey. He built a dynasty. Shero has had the luxury of being so bad for so long, to suck to such an extent they were going to move to Vegas. They compiled a top three draft pick for years. All I said was sather has done well with trades. Not only dumping salaries and the rangers are never in a situation where they have no cap room. They are always able to hold onto their own guys. This team is comprised of a lot of homegrown for a while now. He drafted lundqvist, staal, girardi, Callahan, StepAn, Kreider, Dubinsky etc etc.

    • pone27 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Clearly Ranger fan base is reeking in this thread…

      I am sure you are the same fan that when the Rangers were terrible last year that said Sather was too old school and should have never given Richards his contract, blah blah blah.

      Sather was fed a team in Edmonton. Don’t even try to compare what Sather did in Edmonton to what he has to what he has done in New York. Get off using the past as your meal ticket.

      Guys like Burke yeah, are great GMs. He has taken teams and has restructured them to be not only cap complacent, but also breed youth and develop.

      Shero, granted has had Crosby, and Malkin in his hands, has also been forced to the cap ceiling and still breeds a cup contending team/champs with bloated contracts. He has made solid trades within limited cap room to maintain depth and still a top team year in and year out.

      All I’m saying is you are trying to justify that Sather has been a solid GM for the Rangers when in reality, this could arguably be the smartest signing he has done since being the Rangers GM. Lundy does not count, for we all know if he ever hit the market he would be the highest paid tender in the league.

      • moarjam - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        I don’t know what you’re talking about pone but most rangers fans are pretty meh on sather.

        He is what he is. Solid for the most part in drafting and trades but a disaster signing UFAs.

        I don’t get what you mean he was “fed” the team in Edmonton. He was the architect of that dynasty. Say what you want about his rangers tenure but the man is a hall of fame gm.

  6. xdj511 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Whew. Glad we get to keep Girardi. Hope he has six more solid seasons in him.

  7. jkay1818 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    But the rangers resigned lundqvist, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.
    Yes, it’s reeking of ranger fans on a ranger article. Sather was handed that team? He had nothing to do with drafting and scouting those guys? Coaching them too

  8. mzim2756 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    As a lifelong NYR fan, sather is an epic failure, although the team has been rather competitive he was dreadful his first 8 years or so. In a league where 50% of teams make the playoffs the rangers had a streak of about 6-7 years when they missed, also early on there was no cap so he was signing any free agent with a name even if after their prime, Bobby Holik anyone. Then look at the contracts Drury, Richards, Redden and Gomez got, insane only saving grace was the Gomez for McDonough swindle, but sather is a failure, the only reason he kept his job early on is that Dolan is an idiot

    • arrow43050 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      I hated Sather as much as anyone in his first years. After coming from Edmonton where they had NO money to blow on free agents, I guess it was like a teenager being handed the keys to a Lamborghini. Of COURSE he’s going to wreck it, he doesn’t know how to handle it. He learned from his mistakes, and CLEARLY they were mistakes. Or maybe he just trusted his ability to draft and develop and add to free agents, but when your first years have free agent DISASTERS your players you draft and develop aren’t going help for several years. That’s where we are now. Currently I am 50/50 positive vs. negative on Sather’s entire tenure and the next years, with the new CBA and salary structure, will determine if he was overall a good GM for his whole time here.

  9. mzim2756 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    I do like AV as coach but can’t forget when he hired Trottier

  10. nashernation - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Sather has had ups and downs in his Ranger tenure but the last few years have been good in my opinion. The Del Zotto for Klein move was a steal and the McDonough for Gomez was a monumental theft. Let’s see if he could pick up Ryan Kesler. That would put him in all Ranger fans good graces.

  11. bleedrangerblue - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Agreed. Drury? Joke. Gomez?? Disaster. Just sign Callahan….

  12. jkay1818 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Pone, I have learned a lot from this thread and basically the fact you are clueless. I didn’t even take time to read most of your comments because I was killing time on the train ride home and commenting.
    SO he gets credit for resigning girardi mid season but he did the same with lundqvist but that doesnt count? If anything he deserves an even bigger feather in his hat, he already signed lundqvist when he could have went anywhere and been the highest paid goalie ever.
    He was handed the oilers? why don’t you take a look at who he drafted, and better yet the rounds he took some of those hall of famers in. hard to be fed anything when he was their first GM when they moved to the NHL and turned them into a dynasty.
    You’re comical, you are listing GREAT gm’s but sather who is already inducted into the HOF isn’t. Like i said in my other posts where from the thumbs up people agree and your thumbs down people don’t. He has been ehhh at signing guys because basically he has never done before while in edmonton and basically as someone else eluded to, Dolan wanted to make a big splash and forced sathers hand. Finally he is doing it his way and dolan has backed off..You only mentioned one aspect of my post, trades. Yes, he has done VERY well in trades, and the draft he has done well above average. He even found that loop hole and drafted cherepanev who was destined to be all world before he passed away. Tallon, Burke etc but Sather the guy who was both coaching and the GM and architect of one of the greatest sports teams in history is finally getting it. And the rangers were horrible last yr? they were a 6 seed in a 48 game season that advanced to the second round. I wouldn’t call that horrible,but ok.

    • pone27 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Clueless, far from it, but to each his own. And to keep this constructive, I take a train home too, so I know all about killing time.

      I never said Sather was a terrible GM, he has earned his stripes. But to say he has done anything solid for the Rangers, especially with having Dolans checkbook in his hands, is well, lackluster.

      Maybe you should take the time to read my whole comments, much like I have been reading yours, for I will say it again: Trades, he has done a good job. Signings, working the cap, terrible. And yes, credit was given for Girardi, but not Lundy, for like I said before, Lundy is a must sign for the Rangers regardless of his demands for we all know if Lundy walks, the Rangers become one of the worst teams in the league.

      I have just been reiterating the fact that Sather has not been good with signing players. I think he has finally made 2 smart deals that are worth what the players are supposed to get aka, didn’t overspend. I think now is a time where Sather has to be tested hard with the cap to make sure next seasons Rangers are competitive. So far he is doing a good job, hence, Sather is finally starting to get it.

  13. patshal - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Smart move by the Rangers. They would’ve lost him to the Bruins. As far as Ryan Callahan goes, I think they should sign him. He is a huge part of this team and he means so much to them. I’d love go see him finish his career with them.

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