Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 5/29/13

NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres knocks the puck past Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers on January 16, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Sabres 2-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Could they move Girardi to create cap space? You know what you’re going to get with Dan Girardi. An honest effort, fearless play, positional consistency, relentless shot blocking and an overall fine defensive game (not to mention cyborg body parts). While Girardi chips in offensively, he’s clearly a defensive player first, and an impressive one at that. That said, Girardi has a glass ceiling, and given the seemingly never ending (over) use of Girardi by the Rangers, Girardi has tired toward the end of the season – which was inevitable – and the potential of all that overuse blunting his game, and future, is a legitimate concern. With Ryan McDonagh already every bit the equal of Girardi, Michael Del Zotto (still, and perhaps worryingly) the Rangers best offensive option, and John Moore developing nicely in his short period with the Rangers (throw in Anton Stralman and the potential of Marc Staal returning), the Rangers have a host of defensive options. The back end needs an upgrade i...
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