Originally posted on Sports Rumor Alert  |  Last updated 3/2/14

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 26: Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders on December 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Dan Girardi's new six year, $33 million contract with the New York Rangers signals a few things:By Robert Kowal via Wikimedia CommonsThe first is every fan's favorite, Management's commitment to retaining their home-grown talent. (And the talent's willingness to take a hometown discount.)The second is the Rangers' commitment to defensive continuity, with he an Ryan McDonagh signed through 2018-19. The third is that two of the other most important players, Marc Staal and Ryan Callahan, may price themselves off of Broadway.Staal has one season at $3.975 million left on his contract, while Callahan is a pending UFA. It may be too early to speculate on what Staal will demand, if he's to stay in New York at all, but the Captain wants to be paid like a first-line forward on Team Canada. Is he worth it? At the least, GM Glen Sather doesn't believe so. The hockey world waits to see who blinks first, Callahan, Sather or another GM. Meanwhile Girardi's contract signals something else to the R...
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