Thread: Proposal: Nyr/la
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11-29-2009, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by There's only one 66 View Post
That seems the smart take.
I don't understand why Rangers fans are even talking about dealing Girardi. He has been a good and cheap player for you, and apart from Staal he is easily your best defender defensively. That's why he is the only other D-man topping 20 minutes a night, and that's why he and Staal get the most difficult assignments. He hits more than any other Rangers defender and he blocks more shots.

It seems like the love affair with your young defensemen is taken a tad or 10 too far. You need established D-men who can actually defend in this league, and Girardi, much like Callahan and Dubinsky btw. should be some of the guys Rangers build on.
The problem is this:

1) He is due for a raise
2) He has good value
3) He hasnt taken the steps forward we all thought he would
4) With McDonagh and Sanguinetti very close to being ready and Redden being the immovable asset that leaves Girardi and Rozsival as the 2 players most likely to be dealt as MDZ, Staal and Gilroy arent going anywhere.

Basically, it's just a numbers game. He is due to be paid about 2.5-3 million a season and considering the Rangers have acquired such good young d-men in different ways(Gilroy, MDZ, Staal, Sangs, McDonagh) who are cheaper and look to have more upside it makes sense in the long-run to try and get good value back for him.

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