Thread: Katie Strang: Girardi rocks Rangers' blue line
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12-03-2011, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KingWantsCup View Post
He was even the whipping boy for a while! Then EC came along lol. Really though people were always complaining about him a few years back.
To be fair, Girardi wasn't as good a few years ago as he is now. He surely had some growing pains, he had months in a row where he didn't perform at the level he probably wanted to see out of himself.

Was some of the criticism back then unwarranted? Most probably. All of it? Definitely not. I was unsure if Girardi would hold up to his bigger contract, because of his problems with consistency. I don't think anyone doubts him now. The growing years in this league has formed him into a #1 D-man.

I would advocate that while having Staal gone is of course bad for the team, but it was good for the development of Girardi personally. It has raised his mental bar for what he knows he can do. So Staal's injury hasn't just been all bad, other players have proven for others and themselves that they can handle a bigger responsibility.


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