DAN GIRARDI NEWS

Four Thoughts: 2/8

1. The trade deadline is exactly 3 weeks away and we’re no closer to getting any thing close to a sniff as to what the Rangers plans are moving forward. Quite frankly, the 10 games the Rangers still have to play before the 29th should not be a barometer for Jeff Gorton as it should by now, very clear to the front office that they have a major issue with some of their defensemen...
Via NY Rangers Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Are injured defensemen really better than Dylan McIlrath?

Injuries are a common occurrence in hockey. Whether it’s bumps and bruises, broken bones, or torn ligaments, they happen all the time and teams around the league deal with injuries regularly. For the Rangers, they have two players on their blue line that have been dealing with injuries. Dan Girardi has a fractured knee cap, […] The post Are injured defensemen really better than...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Devils and Rangers exchange third period goal 1:07 apart

Joe Blandisi gets second NHL goal to tie it NEWARK -- The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on a third period goal from J.T. Miller, but the Devils answered 1:07 later on Joe Blandisi's second NHL goal. Blandisi's goal came when he skated up the left wing past defenseman Dan Girardi and beat goalie Hwnrik Lundqvist on his shirt stick side at 3:13. Joe...
Via NJ.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Building the future Rangers: Do big cap hits automatically mean big problems?

Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, hell even Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. Right now the Rangers have a handful of contracts that – to varying degrees – aren’t offering full value and ‘value’ is über critical in the cap era NHL. However, the fact that the Rangers have a handful of big contracts on their books […] The post Building the future Rangers: Do big cap hits automatically...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault’s patience is being rewarded

Alain Vigneault has made many, many puzzling decisions over the course of the first 49 games this season – from his insistence on giving top minutes to Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, to his refusal to give Keith Yandle the lion’s share of power play time, to repeatedly dressing Tanner Glass. He’s not perfect – […] The post Alain Vigneault’s patience is being rewarded appeared...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Midseason Grades: Defense Part 1

We’re just past the halfway point in the NHL season and it’s time once again to get mad at my meaningless letter grades and go over the team’s performance this season piece by piece. Today, we’ll begin with the defensemen: Ryan McDonagh – (6G, 18A, 24 PTS) Slow, slow, slow start. More than likely due to injury sustained in the playoffs not being 100% healed. Turned game...
Via NY Rangers Blog
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooks: Girardi’s Contract Contains NMC

Earlier this month, we passed along information that according to hockey magazine ‘The Fourth Period’ and David Pagnotta reported that Dan Girardi’s contract did not contain a no-move clause in his contract that was signed in 2014. Now that report is being refuted. In Larry Brooks’ Slapshots column yesterday, he reported that Girardi does in fact have a no-move clause attached...
Via NY Rangers Blog
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan McDonagh is improving, sort of

Early in this season the Rangers defense was in crisis, hemorrhaging shot attempts on a nightly basis and struggling to breakout of the zone cleanly. It was obvious during this period that Dan Girardi and Marc Staal were struggling, but perhaps most surprising of all were captain Ryan McDonagh’s struggles. Of course lately we’ve seen […] The post Ryan McDonagh is improving...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

It is time to rotate Boyle, Girardi, and McIlrath

The Rangers have a right-defense problem. Kevin Klein is solid and by far the best defenseman on that side. Aside from him, the Rangers aren’t really sure what they are getting on a nightly basis from Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, and Dylan McIlrath. The cause of inconsistency varies by player, but inconsistency is still inconsistency. […] The post It is time to rotate Boyle, Girardi...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Practice notes: Girardi a game-time decision

Per the Rangers’ Twitter account, defenseman Dan Girardi will be a game time decision. Girardi suffered a lacerated hand in Monday’s win over the Bruins, missing the second half of the game. If Girardi can’t go, Dylan McIlrath will play for the first time since December 22 (six games). Lines and pairings remained the same, […] The post Practice notes: Girardi a game-time...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Refreshed Rangers fall flat in Nashville

The Rangers were said to be refreshed after the week-long break for Christmas. They said they were a bit rejuvenated because of the returns of Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein. But that didn’t stop them falling on their faces in Nashville last night, losing 5-3. The Rangers just looked horrible int he first period, unable […] The post Refreshed Rangers fall flat in Nashville appeared...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Rangers: Time to shake things up

The New York Rangers dropped another brutal game, giving up five goals yet again in a regulation loss, only this time Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein were on the ice firsthand to witness it. The majority of the game wasn’t terribly played, but the Predators scored three times in a span of six minutes to put themselves up 5-1 which was the nail and the coffin. Too many times the Rangers...
Via isportsweb.com
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Girardi will return because he can’t hurt his cracked kneecap any further

Dan Girardi hasn’t played since December 12th due to an injured knee. The Rangers have missed the defenseman’s willingness to block shots and ability to chip in on offense, but it sounds like he’ll be back in the lineup soon. With his return nearing, Girardi spoke about his injury – which is actually a cracked kneecap – and provided a great quote which hockey fans should...
Via Bloguin Best
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Girardi will return because he can’t hurt his cracked kneecap any further

Dan Girardi hasn’t played since December 12th due to an injured knee. The Rangers have missed the defenseman’s willingness to block shots and ability to chip in on offense, but it sounds like he’ll be back in the lineup soon. With his return nearing, Girardi spoke about his injury – which is actually a cracked kneecap – and provided a great quote which hockey fans should...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 37: Klein and Girardi return in Nashville

Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein are returning for the Rangers tonight as they take on a very strong Nashville Predators club. Nashville completely dominated the first outing at MSG, but Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head and the Rangers came away with a victory. That was also the last victory before the Rangers entered their […] The post Game 37: Klein and Girardi return in Nashville...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Girardi to return to Rangers' lineup despite cracked kneecap

Ironman defenseman Dan Girardi will return to the lineup for the New York Rangers Monday for the first time since Dec. 12 after missing time before the Christmas break with a cracked kneecap, Girardi told reporters Sunday. The alternate captain suffered the injury when blocking a shot in a Dec. 9 game against the Vancouver Canucks.After trying to play through the injury for the next...
Via Fox Sports
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers Getting Healthy At Right Time

As the Rangers prepare to flip the calendar after a disastrous December, Dan Girardi who has been away for the last two weeks and Kevin Klein who has missed nearly a month with an oblique strain will return for the Rangers tonight down in Nashville as they prepare to face the Predators. Word came down yesterday after Rangers practice that Girardi cracked his kneecap in that game...
Via NY Rangers Blog
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Practice notes: Klein, Girardi, Raanta return to practice; Etem/McIlrath to be scratches

The Rangers appear to be fully healthy today, as Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi, and Antti Raanta all returned to practice today. Klein has been out the longest with an abdominal injury, almost three weeks. Girardi missed a week with a knee injury. Raanta missed a week with what was likely a concussion. Klein’s injury really […] The post Practice notes: Klein, Girardi, Raanta return...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s wrong with the New York Rangers?

On November 23rd, the New York Rangers beat the Nashville Predators in a 3-0 shutout win to go 16-3-2 and sit right with the cream of the crop in the NHL. Since then, they have gone 4-9-2 and are barely in the rear view mirror of the Washington Capitals who are eight points ahead with three games in hand in the Metropolitan. Every game since then we expect the team that was one...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s wrong with the New York Rangers?

On November 23rd, the New York Rangers beat the Nashville Predators in a 3-0 shutout win to go 16-3-2 and sit right with the cream of the crop in the NHL. Since then, they have gone 4-9-2 and are barely in the rear view mirror of the Washington Capitals who are eight points ahead with three games in hand in the Metropolitan. Every game since then we expect the team that was one...
Via Bloguin Best
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Rangers eventually pair Chris Kreider with Marc Staal or Dan Girardi in a trade?

The biggest contributors to the Rangers’ problems are veteran defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, who have struggled mightily and each have cap hits of at least $5.5 million for the next four years (five for Staal). Dealing either player will be tricky given their robust contracts and current level of play, but that’s the ideal […] The post Should the Rangers eventually...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hockey Mailbag: NHL schedule, bad contracts, bad announcers & Flyers as Star Wars as The Wire

The holidays are in full swing, and it’s time for the gift that keeps on giving: The Comeback’s weekly hockey mailbag! 1. What is your ideal NHL schedule? I’ve seen you say that there are a lot of games that don’t need to happen during the season between teams from other conferences. Would you shorten the season? Everyone loved the 48-game season so should that be the new...
Via The Comeback
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Rangers: End on a high note

The New York Rangers have played awful hockey as of late. With a 2-6-2 record in their last ten (3-9-2 in their last 14), the defense has been ridiculously atrocious as a result of injuries to Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein. Chris Summers is clearly incapable of getting the job done, and for some reason he’s being put on the penalty kill against Alex Ovechkin. The Rangers have let...
Via isportsweb.com
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Klein/Girardi still out, Lindberg to return

Notes from Alain Vigneault this morning: Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi will remain out of the lineup. The Rangers miss Klein more than anyone right now. His presence really helps stabilize that right side. There is still no timetable for their returns. Oscar Lindberg will return tonight, one game after being a healthy scratch. No […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

With Dan Girardi out, who gets the call up for the Rangers?

The Rangers will be without Dan Girardi for tonight’s game against Edmonton, which means the Rangers will need to call up a defenseman to fill out the roster. With Jarret Stoll on the waiver wire (update on that at noon), the Rangers have enough cap space to call up any defenseman for the short and […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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