Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/1/14
Girardi staying helps the Rangers look elsewhere long term. Photo Credit: US Presswire For several years the Rangers had a relatively steady flow of defensive prospects make it to the NHL through the system. Whether it was Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Mike Sauer or Girardi himself, the Rangers were able to supplement the NHL roster with cost effective home grown talent. Recently, there have been concerns of the talent approaching the NHL level. With the relatively slow progress made by Dylan McIlrath (who still has time on his side) and the unknown NHL projections of Brady Skjei and Calle Andersson, the Rangers don’t have the ability at present to promote from within. Perhaps Conor Allen aside, there is very little that could step up in short notice. Aside from acquiring organisational continuity (and his obvious ability), Dan Girardi’s new deal helps the Rangers significantly in terms of organisational depth. Girardi allows the Rangers to exercise patience on the blueline.
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