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It was time for Rangers, Girardi to make a decision on contract extension

Mar 1, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT

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Dan Girardi has spoken, a day after signing a six-year contract extension worth $33 million with the New York Rangers on Friday.

Girardi, the 29-year-old defenseman, has played his entire National Hockey League career with the Rangers, breaking in with the team in the 2006-07 season.

“Things were getting closer and I thought it was getting down to the time where both sides had to make a decision,” Girardi told

“I’m just really happy to be a Ranger and I’m hoping to finish my career here. To say you’ve played your whole career with an Original Six team, especially a team in New York. It’s something special for me and my family.”

Of course, there are still trade rumors swirling around the Rangers, with contract talks between the club and Ryan Callahan apparently going nowhere.

It was reported this week that Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, hasn’t spoken to the Rangers since before the Olympic break.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Wasn’t that report almost immediately contradicted by Callahan’s agent saying he has talked to the Rangers recently?

  2. bleedrangerblue - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Yes cruuuuz. Contradiction to say the least…

  3. cruuuzcontrol - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I firmly believe Callahan gets an extension closer to what the Rangers have already offered. Really, the most credible rumor about him getting paid what he’s asking for is that he goes home to Buffalo as a UFA. That franchise is a complete mess… Why would he want to sign there? Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, Cally… Take the 5/$30M and keep the Rangers’ homegrown leadership core intact.

    • DED - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Because he grew up in Rochester, which is a two-hour drive along the Thruway. A bit closer than NYC.

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