Girardi signs contract extension
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a contract extension.
|Dan Girardi has been among the Rangers' most reliable blueliners in 2007-08 and is second in scoring among defensemen|
His eight goals are tied for 16th in the NHL in goals scored by a defenseman, and he is tied for 30th in the league with 121 hits. On October 18, he notched his first career goal, on the power play, at Atlanta.
The 6-2, 208-pound defenseman has skated in 93 career NHL games in two seasons with the Rangers, registering eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. In 2006-07, Girardi appeared in 34 games with the Rangers, collecting six assists, eight penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. He posted a plus or even rating in 28 of his 34 games, and tied for ninth among NHL rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-seven).
On Feb. 17, 2007, he registered his first career NHL points (two assists) vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers posted a 19-9-6 record with him in the lineup following his NHL debut on January 27 at Philadelphia. He also skated in 10 post-season contests during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Welland, Ontario native signed as a free agent with the Rangers on July 1, 2006.