It probably shouldn't surprise us that Dan Girardi won't be going anywhere. He's a stay-at-home defenseman. (Jokes!)
The New York Rangers cut their unrestricted free agent problem in half on Friday, agreeing to a six-year contract extension that will pay Girardi $5.5 million a season for the next six years.
It's a deal that had to happen now, with the trade deadline less than a week away. If talks had stalled much longer, the Rangers would have had to consider the uncomfortable possibility of getting something for Girardi while they still could, before they lost him for nothing in the summer.
With the club on the playoff bubble, and Girardi being a vital part of their core, that wasn't what they wanted.
The deal seems a tad steep, and part of that may have been because the Rangers were pressed into action, although Girardi was definitely getting at least that much on the open market.
Plus, if the Rangers overpaid a little, the deal also serves to illustrate how great the deal for Girardi's partner is: Ryan McDonagh is making $4.7 million through 2018-19. That looks like one of the best deals in hockey right now.
With that, the Rangers have their top pairing locked in for pretty well the rest of the decade.
And now all attention turns to Ryan Callahan, New York's other big-ticket UFA-to-be. Many felt the Rangers were only going to be keeping one of the two, and if that notion holds, Callahan is on his way out. Will he be moved by the deadline?
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