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Rangers agree to terms with defenseman Daniel Girardi

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Daniel Girardi.

Girardi, 22, skated in 66 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, collecting eight goals and 31 assists for 39 points, along with a plus-14 rating.

After being recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) on November 12, the rookie blueliner posted 11 multiple-point games for Hartford, finished second among all Wolf Pack defensemen in scoring (39 points) and on April 5, he was named to the 2005-06 AHL All-Rookie Team. In 13 postseason contests, Girardi picked up nine points (four goals and five assists), which tied for seventh among all AHL defensemen.

Prior to turning professional, the 6-1, 205-pound native of Welland, Ontario appeared in 231 career games with Barrie, Guelph and London of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), totaling 21 goals and 96 assists for 117 points, along with 137 penalty minutes.

In his five seasons of junior hockey, he reached the OHL Finals three times (2002, 2004 and 2005), winning the Championship with Guelph in 2004 and with London in 2005. In 2005, his London Knights team also captured the Memorial Cup Championship.
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