Prior to 24/7, Dan Girardi seemed like a player that only the hardcore fans of the New York Rangers, not that he was lacking in any way, but the press really seemed to focus on the forwards. And then we were introduced to the Girardis off the ice. Suddenly everyone was a fan of his stunning blue eyes, his adorable son, and that ridiculous chinbutt. All of a sudden, it was Girardi mania. Fans couldn’t get enough of this skilled defensemen.
Game after game, Girardi is the hard playing defensemen who never seems to leave the ice, it’s as if he’s triple shifted. Nearly leading every game for time on ice, putting his heart into every minute of that time, it’s easy to see why the team gave him a temporarily A while Marc Staal was out with a concussion. Honestly, I wish he was given the C full time. Girardi is a hard grinding dman who really stands out among the New York Rangers, not bad for a player who went undrafted.
Girardi is also a leader of the group that’s “ruining” the sport of hockey with shot blocking. One of the top in the league, he’s unafraid to drop to his side and stop a puck, something the low scoring New York Rangers see happen often. On top of his puck stopping skills, Girardi is a decent offensive defensemen, walking away with 24 assists last season and 27 the season before. And his crowning moment was stepping it up when the New York Rangers needed him the most, in the 2011-2012 Playoffs where he managed to score 3 goals in 20 games. Sounds alright until you think about the fact that it took him 82 games to score 5 goals. Talk about bringing it for the playoffs.
Oh hey remember this beauty?
Lets Go Rangers!