When the New York Rangers’ found out that they would be without all-star defenseman Marc Staal for an unknown amount of time, many Rangers’ fans probably cringed.
These same fans may have thought that the team’s defensive corps was too young and that without Staal, may be not as much of a shutdown team. As it turns out, these fans may actually be surprised at this very moment.
One Blueshirts’ defenseman who has always stepped up and been the club’s most consistent player on the back end is Dan Girardi. Girardi proved this in his team’s two games in Sweden by logging over 61 minutes, blocking lots of shots, breaking up offensive chances and being a solid all-around defenseman.
In his 74 on-ice shifts this past weekend, it is easy to see that it might just be Girardi who is the club’s best defenseman. He is smart with the puck, is usually never out of position and is extremely poised playing in front of all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
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