Daniel Girardi

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Dan Girardi
Dan Girardi 2018-05-21.jpg
Girardi with the Lightning in 2018
Born (1984-04-29) April 29, 1984 (age 34)
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Daniel "Dan" Girardi (born April 29, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Undrafted, Girardi played his first 11 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers organization.


Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

During his junior career, he was a member of the London Knights team that won the 2005 OHL Championship and the 2005 Memorial Cup.

Professional[edit]

Although eligible in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Girardi surprisingly went undrafted, as no NHL team felt he was a skilled enough player to play professionally, in spite of having a relatively good year in the Ontario Hockey League with 39 points in 68 games. Not to be discouraged, Girardi persevered and contacted several NHL teams for a tryout. The New York Rangers took a second look at Girardi and invited him to their training camp in the 2005–06 season. He eventually signed a free agent, two-way American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate, and began the 2005–06 season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. Eventually, Girardi was called up to the AHL's Wolf Pack and while there, was signed to an NHL deal by the Rangers. Girardi was called up by the New York Rangers on January 27, 2007, after an injury to Rangers defenceman Darius Kasparaitis, and made his NHL debut that night in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Girardi remained in the NHL for the remainder of the season, playing in 34 games and recording 6 assists. He also played in 10 playoff games, going pointless as the Rangers lost in the second round 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres.

Girardi as a Ranger.

On February 16, 2008, Girardi signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension with the Rangers.[1]

On July 9, 2010, Girardi re-signed with the Rangers, signing a four-year, $13.3 million deal. During the 2010–11 season, Girardi led the NHL in blocked shots, with 236.

For the 2011–12 season, Girardi was named an interim alternate captain for the Rangers while Marc Staal was recovering from post-concussion syndrome. In Staal's absence, Girardi led all NHL skaters in average ice-time, averaging nearly 28 minutes per game. His play earned him a spot in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Girardi scored his first playoff goal on April 26, 2012, against the Ottawa Senators during Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

During the 2012–13 lockout-shortened season, Girardi was named an interim alternate captain for the Rangers a second time while Marc Staal was recovering from an injury sustained on March 3 when he was hit with a puck in the eye.

During the 2013–14 season, on February 28, Girardi signed a six-year, $33 million extension with the Rangers. He was named an alternate captain for the Rangers for the remainder of the season when captain Ryan Callahan was traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Girardi's solid defensive play in the playoffs was a key part in the Rangers' run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.

Girardi became a permanent alternate captain during the 2014–15 season, and spent most of the season on the Rangers' top defensive pairing with captain Ryan McDonagh. Girardi's solid defensive play that season led to the Rangers winning the President's trophy, as well as a run to the Eastern Conference Final, where the Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a hard-fought, 7-game series.

Girardi started the 2015–16 season strong, contributing to a 14-2-2 start to the 2015–16 season for the Rangers. Midway through the season, however, the Rangers slumped, going 4-7-2 in the month of December, with many critics blaming Girardi for the slump. Even though the Rangers seemed to play better by February, Girardi suffered a knee injury late in the season, and the team started to fall apart, losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1, despite many expecting the Rangers to make another deep playoff run.

Following the 2016–17 season, his 11th with the Rangers, due to a decline in play and salary cap considerations it was announced that Girardi would be bought out from the remaining three years of his contract on June 14, 2017.[2] On July 1, 2017, Girardi signed as a free agent a two-year, $6 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[3] The Lightning announced through its social media account that Girardi would be wearing the #5, which was a continuation of the number he used as a member of the Rangers.

In game 4 of the second round in the 2018 NHL playoffs, Girardi scored an overtime goal to give the Lightning the win and a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Girardi's childhood idol was Mark Messier. During the offseason, Girardi resides in Fort Erie, Ontario.

Girardi and his wife Pam have two children together – a son and a daughter.[5] Girardi and his family now live on Davis Islands in Tampa, FL.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Welland Tigers OMHA 34 7 19 26 42
2000–01 Couchiching Terriers OPJHL 27 1 11 12 27
2000–01 Barrie Colts OHL 6 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Barrie Colts OHL 21 0 1 1 0 20 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Barrie Colts OHL 31 3 13 16 24
2002–03 Guelph Storm OHL 36 1 13 14 20 11 0 9 9 14
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 68 8 39 47 55 22 2 17 19 10
2004–05 Guelph Storm OHL 38 5 20 25 24
2004–05 London Knights OHL 31 4 10 14 14 18 0 6 6 10
2005–06 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 7 1 4 5 6
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 66 8 31 39 44 13 4 5 9 8
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 45 2 22 24 16
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 34 0 6 6 8 10 0 0 0 4
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 82 10 18 28 14 10 0 3 3 6
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 82 4 18 22 53 7 0 0 0 6
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 82 6 18 24 53
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 80 4 27 31 37 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 82 5 24 29 20 20 3 9 12 2
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 46 2 12 14 16 12 2 2 4 2
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 81 5 19 24 16 25 1 6 7 10
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 82 4 16 20 22 19 0 4 4 4
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 74 2 15 17 20 2 0 1 1 0
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 63 4 11 15 16 12 0 2 2 2
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 6 12 18 27 17 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 865 52 196 248 302 139 8 28 36 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers, Girardi agree on extension". The Sports Network. 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-16.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Rangers to buy out defenseman Dan Girardi". New York Rangers. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  3. ^ "Lightning sign defenseman Dan Girardi to two-year contract". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  4. ^ @TBLightning (18 July 2017). "Dan Girardi will wear No. 5 with the #Bolts" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "A Message from Dan Girardi". NHL.com. June 14, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2018.

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