Blue Notes

Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

My take: Fair-market extension for Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi skates with the puck during a

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The six-year, $33-million contract that Dan Girardi and his camp agreed to earlier today is a win for both sides.

The Rangers needed to lock up their fearless, reliable (four games missed in eight seasons), shot-blocking, right-handed first-pair defenseman, who would have been the target of a dozen clubs had he gotten to unrestricted free agency in June. It's simple supply and demand. There's...

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Thursday topics: Minicamp, Zuccarello, Callahan

Norway forward Mats Zuccarello takes the puck up

(Credit: AP / Julio Cortez)

We'll be reporting from minicamp starting tomorrow at 11. Other teams started drills and conditioning today. The expectation is that the Rangers will be wokring out every day for the next week at the MSG Training Center.

With Lundqvist still in Sochi, expect to see a second goalie in addition to Cam Talbot. Also believe rehabbing Derek Dorsett (broken leg, Jan. 3) will be skating. And presumably...

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Captain Ryan Callahan returns vs. Ducks

 

                After missing seven games with a broken left thumb, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is dressing against Anaheim at Madison Square Garden. Callahan, who broke the finger blocking a shot in Washington on Oct. 16, was scheduled to be out three to four weeks, but he was cleared Sunday.

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Callahan practices, Moore out with oblique, Lundqvist in goal

 

               Although he’s frustrated with being sidelined, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s broken left thumb is healing on schedule and he skated with his teammates Thursday morning before the Sabres game for the first time since the injury.

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