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03-02-2007, 09:54 PM
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16 games played and he's been even or a plus in all but one game. He plays a very sound positional game. If you watched him last night he was barking our orders in his own zone when pitt was pressing and keep us pinned in. He is a throw back. He uses his stick well and positions himself to maintain the inside track. I though he played well against Crosby which says a lot.

Not bad for a undrafted player. Imagine if we had a scouting staff!
well Ortmeyer was an UFA and not drafted like Girardi as well. Maybe the Rangers can find some more young ufa. For the Devils, Madden and Rafalski were not drafted and both ufa and Odyua I think as well. Devils have a great scouting staff.

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Solid. Sucks his partner Fedor is out for the season.

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Like Girardi. He keeps it simple in his own zone and makes the safe play to get out of it almost all the time. Positionally he's very sound and moves the puck quickly with tape to tape passes. He does not panic or start running around. He has not shown a lot though in the offensive zone yet. I expect that will come in time. This guy looks like an NHL player to me. He's 22--playing a very difficult position and not looking out of place at all. Considering all that he could be a top 4 guy.

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Anyone else worried that Girardi will decrease our chances of seeing a defensive prospect with more potential in the near future?
no, not really.

I would love to see DG stick for a lonnngggg time, he is a solid 4/5/6 guy. Ivan will get his shot to stick, which I think he will. Staal OBVI will get his shot, most likely make the team.

Sangs will get his chance in a year or two, and Sauer will get an opportunity as well.

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TO NYLANDER! HE MOVES IN.....circles back...... finds Jagr. Jagr...... back to Nylander.......now Hossa.......tries to feed Jagr it was broken up sorry couldn't resist Tom..
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He has played very very well, his play is very simple and subtle but effective. I have complaints with this kid being on the team for the rest of this season and next.

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Like Girardi. He keeps it simple in his own zone and makes the safe play to get out of it almost all the time. Positionally he's very sound and moves the puck quickly with tape to tape passes. He does not panic or start running around. He has not shown a lot though in the offensive zone yet. I expect that will come in time. This guy looks like an NHL player to me. He's 22--playing a very difficult position and not looking out of place at all. Considering all that he could be a top 4 guy.
I love how people on here have already slotted him as a bottom pair player, 5-7th. Does that mean his play will slip? Right now him and Toots have been our top pair playing D.

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I love how people on here have already slotted him as a bottom pair player, 5-7th. Does that mean his play will slip? Right now him and Toots have been our top pair playing D.
Good point ATL. The kid has done well. He only appears over matched physically, on occasion, and that is something that will be corrected in the offseason workouts. I'm beginning to see a pretty solid defender in the making, and I was pretty skeptical when he first came up, but mostly because I've had high hopes for Liffiton, and he appears to have slipped down the chart defensively!

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Good point ATL. The kid has done well. He only appears over matched physically, on occasion, and that is something that will be corrected in the offseason workouts. I'm beginning to see a pretty solid defender in the making, and I was pretty skeptical when he first came up, but mostly because I've had high hopes for Liffiton, and he appears to have slipped down the chart defensively!
I hope he does get quicker and stronger. He gets beat wide alot. But he's doing awesome for a no name prospect coming up through the system, showing more poise than some regulars.

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Girardi with Malik, lets see what happens now..

Pock with Roszival..

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Started on the right foot and has been the best defender in the last two games. His strength and positioning are especially impressive. But he should get much better, 'cause right now he's nervous. The puck will slip out in front of him and, while he could still recover it, he retreats. At least it shows responsibility and smarts, but as he learns he's a decent puck handler, it shouldn't be a problem. He has some of Tyutin's qualities and I think he could be a top four guy one day.

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03-03-2007, 07:52 PM
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Hopefully has a former teammate coming up to pair with him

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03-04-2007, 01:20 PM
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Mariah Warnock of Enfield, CT writes, “Is Dan Girardi coming back to Hartford this year or next year? The fans miss him a lot.”

Rest assured the players and coaches miss him a lot too, Mariah, but I wouldn't look for Dan to come back any time soon. It sounds like the Rangers have been very happy with his play, as he has been doing the same things for them that he did for the Wolf Pack, moving the puck well, making smart passes and helping to keep scoring chances-against to a minimum. There's always a chance that the Rangers might want him to play for the Wolf Pack in the playoffs if they are still alive after New York is done, but other than that, Dan might have put the AHL in the rear-view mirror.
from the mailbag on the 'Pack website: http://www.hartfordwolfpack.com/crawford_20070226.php

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Yeah, Girardi has shown a lot of poise at his position, after the first few games where looked a bit wide-eyed and panicked with the puck a few times. You can see why Renney has some trust in him, he plays smart positionally, rarely takes penalties.

The coolest thing has been his instant chemistry with Tyutin. It would be sweet if Fedor turned into more of a leader/offensive D man with Girardi holding down the fort.
I think Girardi could be instrumental in getting Tyutin to the next level. I think Fedor is an emerging force for us.

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03-04-2007, 02:10 PM
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Do you guys think that Girardi's solid defensive play made Ward expendable? And the Rangers could go out for a more offensive minded D-man (Which the Rangers were lacking/Mara), using Ward as trade bait? We all know the spat that Jagr and Ward had, which could have been the main reason why he was dealt, but both are defensive specialist and Girardi almost always makes a perfect outlet pass.


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03-04-2007, 04:04 PM
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At a minimum, Girardi looks to be a 3rd pairing defenseman. Which is fine when you consider just how many of those have been signed by Sather to top-4 defensemen contracts. No need to go out and plug in that slot with a UFA.

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At a minimum, Girardi looks to be a 3rd pairing defenseman. Which is fine when you consider just how many of those have been signed by Sather to top-4 defensemen contracts. No need to go out and plug in that slot with a UFA.
So thats what you really think he is after 16 games? Hopefully he continue to develops.

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I hope he does get quicker and stronger. He gets beat wide alot. But he's doing awesome for a no name prospect coming up through the system, showing more poise than some regulars.

Thats the only flaw ive seen in his game so far. The times he has been able to read the play he has been able to use his quickness and been able to cut down the angle.
as he gains more experiance getting eat wide will not happen as often.

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Yeah, Girardi has shown a lot of poise at his position, after the first few games where looked a bit wide-eyed and panicked with the puck a few times. You can see why Renney has some trust in him, he plays smart positionally, rarely takes penalties.

The coolest thing has been his instant chemistry with Tyutin. It would be sweet if Fedor turned into more of a leader/offensive D man with Girardi holding down the fort.
I think Girardi could be instrumental in getting Tyutin to the next level. I think Fedor is an emerging force for us.
Anyone remember when Tyutin came up, everyone was goin on & on hes the next brian Leetch Blah blah Blah.......well he hasn't been the next Leetch, if you are going to compare Tyutin to Leetch @ this point Tyutin's career has been a disapointment. But Tyutin has been given time to develop & now being paired with another guy in Girardi who ssown he should be in the NHL & given time to DEVELOP, we should have a solid top 4 pairing for years to come


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So thats what you really think he is after 16 games? Hopefully he continue to develops.
That's what I think he is right now. I certainly hope that he continues to develop, but I'm not hanging my hat on him being much more.

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^^^

and that's fine by me too. Acquiring Girardi wasn't made out to be a big deal, but if he continues to develop and becomes a dependable 3rd pairing, I'll be a happy NYR fan.

He came in to the organization with comparably low expectations, and has proceeded to match or exceed them to this point.

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