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Rangers Still Not Making Girardi Available

Joe Haggerty at Comcast Sports says that despite the Boston Bruins best efforts to fill the void left on defense with the season ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg the options available are very slim.

Haggerty adds that one of the biggest reasons for the lack of top targets is that defensemen such as Dan Girardi have not been made available to be traded by their teams because of their position in the playoff race.

Meanwhile, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that the 29-year old Girardi still isn't close to re-signing with the Rangers and could be the next defenseman out the door for the Blueshirts.

…to me, Girardi's future with the Rangers comes down to the terms of the contract negotiations. No matter how inconsistent Girardi's game has been this season, I honestly feel the Rangers want him back, but at what price? As was the case with Lundqvist and is the case with Callahan, there's too much risk in my opinion giving Girardi a long term contract. If you're having issues with Girardi's game now, just imagine him still under contract at the age of 34.

…if the two sides can strike a happy medium in the four year range, I'm 100% down with Girardi coming back, but anything more, as much as I'd hate to see a character guy like him go, would be beyond foolish in the salary cap era. The Klein acquisition would make losing him that much easier.

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