If you’re like me, this one hurts. Watching Girardi go from being recognized as a solid, reliable defenseman to being bought out after 11 seasons is not easy.
It is hard to see Girardi go, especially because in so many moments he was the type of player you love to watch. When he’s on his game, he plays a physical game and moves his feet to keep good positioning. He takes good opportunities away from opponents and no matter the situation will leave everything he has on the ice.
All this said, this is a good move for the Rangers. It opens up room for them to fix their defensive issues, in part coming in the form of Girardi’s inconsistency.
You’ll always be a Ranger to me, G.
We’ll miss you.