Jan 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL rumors: Rangers, Dan Girardi talking extension

As we approach the 2014 NHL trade deadline, there are discussions about plenty of players who could be on the move. However, for New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi there are discussions about extending his time in the Big Apple.

According to reports, Girardi’s team and the Rangers are discussing a potential contract extension.

From ESPN New York:

The Rangers and Girardi’s camp have been in discussions over the past week and a half, Girardi’s agent confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com Thursday afternoon, and the lines of communication remain open.

Though Meehan said it is “still too early to tell” whether the two sides can bridge the gap on an extension for the 29-year-old defenseman before next week’s March 5 trade deadline, he remains optimistic with the two sides still talking.

Girardi is reportedly seeking a six-year deal worth $5.5 million, which is considered a pretty sound market-value deal. It is not believed the two sides are significantly far apart, though Girardi could be one of the most attractive rental players on the market and fetch an enticing return for the Blueshirts if they decide to move him.

Girardi, who has played every year of his NHL career with the Rangers, is in the final year of his current deal.

While there is nothing concrete, it looks like the veteran defenseman could be extending his stay in New York.

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