Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/13/14

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)
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that although we are fans of Dan Girardi, we generally tend to think that he may not have a future with the team throughout the life of his contract. The Rangers already have several key cogs on defense in Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Michael Del Zotto. They also have two key prospects that will likely crack the roster in the next two years in Dylan McIlrath and Tim Erixon. While that does leave one spot open on the blue line, assuming it all plays out like this, there will be several routes the Rangers can go to fill that spot. That is not a sleight against Girardi, it is just a matter of business. In a salary cap world, Girardi’s $3.325 million cap hit may be too much to handle for a defenseman that has no specific “specialty” on the blue line. Girardi is good at most aspects of the game, but he doesn’t excel in one particular area, the way Del Zotto is an offensive defenseman or the way McIlrath is supposed to be a bru...
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