The New York Rangers will buy out defenseman Dan Girardi’s contract, according to an official release from the team’s Twitter account.
After going undrafted in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Dan Girardi was eventually signed by the Hartford Wolf Pack in the 2005-2006 season. Girardi made his Rangers’ debut in January of 2007, filling in for an injury. Girardi would go on to remain in the lineup ever since, barring injury. Girardi would become known for his shutdown defensive ability and willingness to get in front of the puck; he led the league in blocked shots in the 2010-2011 season with an impressive 236 blocked shots. In his first eight full (including the shortened 2012-2013 season) seasons with the New York Rangers, Girardi would miss only five regular season games. Girardi has played in every single Rangers postseason appearance since 2007, missing only three games during the 2015-2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Girardi has served as a Rangers’ alternate captain since the 2013-2014 season.
In 788 regular season games played in the NHL and with the Rangers, Girardi scored 46 goals and nabbed 184 assists for 230 points, averaging 54 in +/-.
In 122 playoff games with the Rangers, Girardi totaled 6 goals and 27 assists for 33 points, averaging a -1 in +/-.
Here is what Girardi had to say upon hearing of the news.
— SiriusXM NHL Network (@SiriusXMNHL) June 14, 2017