New York Rangers: Top five fan favorites in Lundqvist era

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Chris Kreider
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Chris Kreider /
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OTTAWA, ON – MAY 6: Dan Girardi
OTTAWA, ON – MAY 6: Dan Girardi /

5- Dan Girardi

Don’t let the buyout fool you. Dan Girardi was as appreciated as any New York Ranger for the last 10 seasons. Playing almost 800 games with the Rangers, Girardi made his mark as a rugged defenseman. He never shied away from taking the body or giving it up.

Danny G, as many fans called him, was as blue collar as it comes. He is second only to Lundqvist in career playoff games with the Rangers at 122 games played. Not only that, but from the 2009-2010 season through last year, Girardi was inside the top 10 in the league when it came to blocked shots.

Girardi flourished under the defensive style of John Tortorella. He recorded 98 of his 230 career points in Tortorella’s four year tenure. Though he didn’t produce much the last few years, Girardi will still be looked at as one of the core group of players who established the Rangers as one of the better teams in the league for the last decade.