So, it begins.
One of the biggest names that was being bandied about in trade rumors leading up to the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline has now been taken off of that list as Dan Girardi and the New York Rangers have come to terms on a new contract, according to multiple sources.
6 years, $5.5 per for Girardi staying with Rangers.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 28, 2014
Rangers lock up Girardi to six-year, $33-million deal. http://t.co/Jgo3tHeX0w
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 28, 2014
That amount of money is okay for a defenseman of Girardi’s caliber and no one can doubt his importance on the Rangers’ blue line. Also, at 29 years of age, Girardi will be 35 at the end of this six year contract. That is probably the perfect length of contract for Girardi. If he can still play at 35, they can then offer him short-term deals after this contract ends.
This extension for Girardi is probably the death knell of Ryan Callahan‘s time in New York. The Rangers simply can’t afford to pay what they will be paying Girardi and what Callahan is asking for. The Rangers will now more than likely be full steam ahead on trying to deal Callahan for as much as they can get for him.
This could also add more fuel to the fire in the case of whether Brad Richards will be bought out in the off-season. The Rangers have both of their amnesty buy-outs left from last season.
This news ends at least one bit of rumors leading up to next week’s deadline. However, it won’t stop. Could more player’s be re-signed before the deadline? Could there be a lot of trades? Or will teams hold on to their players hoping to sign them later.