Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/14/14

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)
John Tortorella talks to Blueshirts United about Dan Girardi's importance to the Rangers...

"He doesn't get talked about too much in the league or around here, but I think he is one of the most underrated players in our game. Danny doesn't say much, he's a pretty quiet kid, but how he plays in all the situations he's put in is a tremendous learning tool for the other young players."

...i couldn't agree more with Torts. Girardi should be mentioned in every one of my game recaps and I probably forget about him 90% of the time.

...the guy just goes out and gets the job done with absolutely no fanfare. And now with Staal out he has taken his game to another level and is the sole reason the Rangers defense hasn't missed a beat without their All Star defenseman.

...i think I'm smelling a Dan Girardi All Star write-in campaign.

Speaking of Girardi campaigns, Michael Gleich at Bleeding All Blue is attempting to get Dan Girardi apparel in the Rangers store at MSG. For more details click here.

For more from Torts at yesterday's practice click here.

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