Over at TSN, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports that while the Anaheim Ducks are likely going to be a player for Dan Girardi at the trade deadline, the Rangers have been telling teams they're not moving him and are focused on re-signing the defenseman.
LeBrun adds that the Rangers are confident at this point that those negotiations will possibly lead to a new deal.
…if you're a Girardi fan, you're probably pretty excited about this news. Well let me play the part of Mr. Buzzkill and ask you why the Rangers might be informing potential suitors that he's not available? Could it be to raise his trade value? Negotiating 101 folks.
…Sather's done a lot wrong during his tenure as Rangers GM, but his trade game is on point. Expect him to use every tactic in the book to get the biggest return as possible for Girardi.
LeBrun also notes that negotiations with Ryan Callahan are not as far down the road as Girardi's, and he questions whether the Rangers can get both contracts done. He feels that Girardi is more likely to return.
…as I said yesterday, if Callahan and Girardi are realistic about the terms of a new contract, then they'll both be back. If they're interested in one last huge pay day, I'm sure Sather will be more than happy to accommodate the duo by trading them to another market which would allow them to test free agency this offseason.
…my gut says they'll both be back. Unfortunately, my gut is always wrong, so start writing your good byes Rangers fans.