Friedman: Girardi linked to Anaheim

January 7, 2014, by

A few media outlets (Ottawa Sun – Bruce Garrioch, Per Fourth Period, CBS Sports – Chris Peters, CBC – Elliotte Friedman) are noting that the Rangers are listening to offers on defenseman Dan Girardi. We generally dismiss rumors from Garrioch and TFP because they tend to report speculation instead of true rumors (not the case 100%, but we don’t find them to be as reliable as others). But Peters and Friedman are not in the rumormongering business.

Girardi was initially linked to Boston, but this is the first time we’ve seen him linked to Anaheim. TFP specifically mentioned players the Rangers are looking at as well  (Sami Vatanen, Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Maroon, Rickard Rickell). The rumored asking price for Girardi is close to the Marian Hossa asking price: two NHL ready prospects, a good prospect, and a pick. He could very well fetch that.

Friedman also mentions Michael Del Zotto, and that the Sharks could be a “stealth” team to land him.


  1. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    That’s a more than fair return for Girardi. Sounds like he could even be overvalued a bit if that’s what the Rangers could get in a trade.

  2. Walt says:

    Three prospects, 2 NHL ready, and a pick, for a man who has seen his better days, and still fadeing, is a wonderful return. Dan, AMF, it’s been a pleasure.

    The Sharks can take MDZ, he has been a major disapointment to me. Maybe, a new team, lower expectations, will turn his career around. In any case, Mike, AMF, it’s been a drag having you around!!

  3. Chris F says:

    Hmmm, Vatanen has some appeal. He’s a young right-handed D-man who puts up pretty impressive offensive numbers. He tore it up in the AHL last year. However, he’s small, 5′ 8″ 180 lb. I’d pass on him, unless it’s for MDZ. To let go of Girardi, we need to get back a hard-nosed defenseman not another high-risk offensive defenseman.

    Palmieri, on the other hand, is quite desirable. A RH right-winger, young, and productive. He excelled in the AHL, and has put up 21 pts this season with Anaheim. The Rangers’ right side is weak, and we do have an excess of potential D-men, if you include McIlrath and Allen in the mix.

    Interesting and tempting options.

    • Chris A says:

      If I remember correctly, Kreider, Stepan and Palmeri were the top line at the 2010 WJC for the gold medal winning US team. They were awesome that tournament, I could only imagine what they would look at the NHL level.

      Love Girardi but Vatanen, Palmeri and a 1st round pick? That would a really tough package to say no to. Only issue some might have is that both players in the deal are under 6′

      • Chris F says:

        I really have no desire to see Girardi dealt, and yes, both these guys are small.

        However, I don’t think anyone can be all that pleased with the team’s showing this season. Something certainly needs to change; if execution doesn’t start to take hold, personnel changes will be needed.

        I hope it does not come to that, as I really like this roster (for the most part), but sometimes it just doesn’t work out on the ice how it looks on paper.

      • JCA says:

        The Ducks also have right handed RWs Devante Smith-Pelly and Stefan Noesen if we’re looking for size and toughness. Both project to be top 9 talent. Smith-Pelly plays with plenty of snarl and could probably step into the line-up right now.

  4. Zesta says:

    I would love a trade with Ana especially if Kerdiles was involved.

  5. Kevin says:

    Girardi for Ryan! Wait…DAMMIT!

    • Dave says:

      Oh man I wish we could go back in time and do that trade.

      • Kevin says:

        Still could if we could convince Melnyck that Burkie is right about Bobby Ryan

      • @Centerman21 says:

        IMO if the Rangers were going to move Girardi (and I don’t think its a great idea since he plays like he does on the right side) they should try to aim for the fences. Point the bat at Center field. The Rangers top 6 (Callahan has played a lot of 3rd line) has 1 righty on it and to me that’s part of why they have trouble scoring at even strength. No balance with Nash & Zucarello playing a lot of RW. Zuc has excelled. Nash not so much. He’s capable but that off wing stuff is best suited for the PP.
        Why not try to extract Silverberg. He’s a young (Righty) stud with good size and skating. The kid can fly. What would. It cost? Sather has no problem spending draft picks but Girardi gets an NHL salary of about 3 mil per. So do the Rangers have to take a bad contract of equal value. This kind of trade could get interesting. GirArdi for Silverberg straight up. A kid like him with NHL experience would thrive here and be a star in a few years. He’s an RFA this summer so Hes up for a bridge deal. That’s the kind of value Sather needs to find. A 50-60 point scorer on a 2 year 5-6 mil bridge deal. Thoughts? I don’t think it’s all that far fetched. Sather has defensive forwards and defenseman to trade. I would do what it took to get that trade done!

  6. Al says:

    We need players with size and a edge with some nastiness

    • Kevin says:

      what does any of that mean?

      • Al says:

        The team built like the Toronto Maple Leafs

        • Dave says:

          You mean the free falling, can’t win a puck battle, bottom-of-the-league in puck possession Leafs?

        • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

          Not a great example. That team isn’t very good. If you wanted to pick a team that plays with physicality and wins, try the Boston Bruins, L.A. Kings, or St. Louis Blues. I’d be fine modeling the Rangers after those orgs.

        • paulronty says:

          LOL!!!! The Make Believes truly suck!

        • @Centerman21 says:

          The leafs are built pretty tough. They lead NHL in total 5 min Majors and PIMS. They’re also a very big team overall.

        • Kevin says:

          You mean the team that the Rangers just dummied to the tune of seven goals on 50 shots? You want to be like THAT team? Oh good lord

          • Walt says:

            Hate to say this but the Flyers, and Pens are tough teams, but we wouldn’t want to be anything like them now would we???????

            • Kevin says:

              Well the Pens have James Neal, Jussi Jokinen, Evgeni Malkin, and this kid from Cole Harbor Nova Scotia…I forget his name. Maybe that’s why they’re tough to play against

              • Walt says:

                They also have Adams, Glass, Vitale, Bortuzzo, Englland, Orpik, and Despres!!

                Neal, and even Crosby will drop the gloves if push turns into shoves, where do you see that on our roster?? You don’t, point made!

  7. phil says:

    #burnitdown #messierbymarch

  8. paulronty says:

    Frankly, all of the above mentioned trades leave me stone cold. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get rid of Girardi. I would trade MDZ & Stralman(he just doesn’t do it for me). We need The Diesel to come up as soon as possible and he’s getting there.

  9. joe719 says:

    Unless I’ve been watching the wrong guy this year, what makes you think we could get such a stellar package back for a guy whose game has deteriorated so much in the last 2 years. Two top prospects and a #1? I just don’t see it. Don’t get me wrong, I’d welcome a return like that; but last time I looked, Bob Gainey is not a GM in the League anymore!

  10. Brian says:

    Of those Anaheim players mentioned, the one I’d want is Rakell. Good amount of skill and plays with an edge. Plus he was teammates with Miller in juniors.

  11. Frank Cerbone says:

    Kyle Palmiere is a guy I wanted the Rangers to pick as a #1 in 2009 and Rangers draft Kreider instead. Neverthe less Palmieri is a good young,22 yr old right handed shot from SMITH TOWN, Long Island. Vatanen is an undersized right handed defenseman, a little shaky in defensive zone, & will require protected minutes.

  12. Lou says:

    Is there any doubt that toughness matters? Look at the top teams — anaheim, kings, pittsburgh, chicago, sharks — they score or can drop the gloves.

    Heck, even Sid drops the gloves. When the scorer does that everyone follows.

    Who leads for the rangers? Stepan? Not a scare on his face. Brassard? Has taken a hit or delivered one all year. Hags? Girardi? MDZ?

    Too many players that are too soft; no balls; no facial scars.

    No leadership means “play one game/take the other off”. Sound familiar?

    • Frank Cerbone says:

      Girardi doesn’t fight, but in his time he has protected a number of team mates-but he doesn’t like that role.

      Go to UTUbe to see:

      Girardi beat Hartnell after Hartnell ran Anisimov.
      Girardi fought Andrew Ladd to a draw after Ladd crushed Staal,
      Girardi fought Mike Richards after Richards ran Zherdev
      Girardi fought Cam Barker after Girardi ran over Versteeg
      Girardi fought Travis Zjac after Girardi bodychecked him.


      Tanner Glass is a really good middleweight & body checker who is a UFA and can be had in the offseason, but Sather is just not that bright. Matt Martin of the Islanders is probably the best in the NHL at bodychecks & fight combo. He’s had a number of gms this season where he’s had 9 bodychecks in just one game.

      • Walt says:

        Agree, read my response to Kevin above!! No reply, I wounder why???????

        • Kevin says:

          Because I don’t want to waste digital space arguing with someone that is living 40 years in the past

    • Kevin says:

      Actually, there is no evidence that “toughness” has any impact on a hockey game.

      Anaheim, LA, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Chicago are good because they do this thing called “possess the puck more than the other team” That’s called being “tough to play against”

      That’s why they’re so good. Toughness is bullshit

      • Walt says:

        Right, that’s why LA, the Ducks, Pens, and the Bruins won the cup. Your right I’m stuck living in a 40 year time frame behind times!! Have a great one my friend.

        • Kevin says:

          Once again, those teams were all top 5 possession teams and, aside from boston, bottom ten in PIMs and fighting majors…that’s called correlation

          • Walt says:

            All the mentioned teams are, or were tough. When I say tough, I’m not calling for goons, but guys who won’t get pushed around. Maybe my choice of words, or your interpretation is the problem. We will disagree on this issue!!