Today the New York Rangers and Dan Girardi have agreed to a six year contract extension worth $33 million, giving the deal an average annual salary of $5.5 million.The contract reportedly includes a full no movement clause for the first three years and a modified no trade clause for the final three.
This deal takes Girardi off of the potential trading block with the NHL’s trade deadline a week away and Girardi poised to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
This is an excellent contract for both team and player, Girardi gets a significant raise from his current 4 year, $13 million deal, and the Rangers lock up a key player through the prime of his career. Girardi also gets the added security of the no-trade clause. A no trade provision generally is included in a deal where a player agrees to take a little less money and this seems to be the case in this deal as well. Quality defenseman are at a premium in the NHL so a player of Girardi’s caliber would have likely garnered more money on the open market.
Girardi’s offensive production has slipped a bit this year, averaging .28 PPG, his worst rate since 200-8-09, but his defensive zone play has been sharp since an brief adjustment period to new coach Alain Vigneault‘s system to start the season.
Girardi is the second Rangers core player to receive a contact extension ahead of free agency, earlier in the season the Rangers locked up goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a seven year, $59.5 million contract. Captain Ryan Callahan is another key impending free agent, but he has yet to sign an extension to stay at Madison Square Garden. If Callahan and the team can not come to an agreement before the trade deadline it is likely the Rangers would look to trade “Captain Cally”.