Not so sure what's so laugh-worthy since the Rangers have the best defense pair this season.
At the end of the day you just need to look at the goals allowed statistics. NYR is near the top of the league and since Girardi is our best defenseman, it can only be concluded he is one of the best defensive defensemen in league.
Phaneuf reminds me a lot of Mike Green. Very flashy, but the defensive game isn't the best...
I think even without salaries considered I'd take Girardi. He is the type of defenseman you win championships with...
It's been 3 years and the guy still has not answered the bell, he is so much bigger than anyone we ever send to fight him. What is the guys excuse? It's that he is a big *****, that's what. And to clarify, I've never liked the guy.
I think that Girardi's defence gets a bit overrated by playing in front of the best goalie in the league in a tight system where everyone is responsible defensively. The Rangers as a team are phenomenal defensively where as the Leafs are definitely not one of the top defensive teams.
If contracts are thrown out the window there is no doubt in my mind it's Phaneuf, he brings too much to the table to pass up on. The physical edge, leadership and offense that he brings are things that are incredibly hard to find and I would say harder to find then a very good stay at home defensemen.
With contracts however, it becomes interesting. If you are a team that doesn't have much cap room it's easily Girardi but if you are a team that is not overly concerned with the cap (like my Jets) I think it's Phaneuf.