New York Rangers: Top 5 defensemen since Brian Leetch

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Jeremy Roenick /
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Dan Girardi –

Dan Girardi’s tenure with the New York Rangers came to an abrupt end this summer when the Rangers bought out his contract. However, this shouldn’t hinder on what Dan Girardi did for the Rangers during his 11 seasons playing in New York.

The Welland, Ontario, Canada native was and still is a warrior out on the ice. He will put his body in danger in order to help out his team and goaltender. In 788 regular season games, the former undrafted free agent tallied 46 goals and 184 assists. The type of play that Girardi brings each game has caught up with him.

Girardi’s play and production levels have been dropping during recent years. The Rangers felt they had no other choice than to buy out the remainder of his contract. Don’t let his past few years dictate the player he has been for the Rangers.

Dan Girardi has been on the ice for several big moments over the past 11 years. I hope that Girardi finds a spot with the Tampa Bay Lightning that suits what he can bring at this stage in his career.