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And the Rangers’ Team MVP Is…

Earlier today,our fearless leader asked us who our respective team MVP’s are so I figured now would be the perfect time to give my two cents on the subject.

While you can certainly bring up a few players whether it is Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, and Henrik Lundqvist, I believe that the New York Rangers’ most valuable player on the team has been defenseman Dan Girardi.

Without all-star defenseman Marc Staal, Girardi has stepped up in a big way for the Blueshirts. Simply put, Girardi has done it all for the Blueshirts this season.

Girardi currently leads the team and the entire National Hockey League in average ice time. This season, Girardi has average 27:41 minutes of ice-time per game as he sees the ice in all situations whether it is even strength, power play, penalty kill, etc.

Girardi has also been great at blocking shots, breaking up passes, and being in the right position in his own zone this season. For a young defensive corps, Girardi is the perfect player to emulate on the blue line.

Lastly, Girardi has also helped contribute some offense this season. In 21 games, Girardi has 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points to lead the team on the blue line this season.

Again, one can also make a good case for Richards, Gaborik, Callahan and Lundqvist to be the club’s most valuable player so far. With that said, when looking at the team as a whole and what they have done so far this season, it is easy to see that Girardi has been a huge part of what the team has accomplished so far this season.

What do you Ranger fans think?

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SYF's avatar

I’d trade you NY native Thomas McCollum for Girardi - straight up.

I couldn’t help myself, Patrick.  LOL

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 11/30/11 at 08:18 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Girardi was great last night, especially with that kid on his pairing. Heh…forgot his name.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 11/30/11 at 08:30 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Is leading the league in regular season ice time at this point in the season a good thing?

Will he have anything left for the stretch drive and the playoffs or will he have burned himself out by the new year?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/30/11 at 09:27 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

How many defensemen in the modern era who led or were near the top of the league in average ice time have seen severe drop-offs in production late into a season or into the playoffs?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/30/11 at 09:53 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

I would say it is a not very uncommon situation.  It isn’t easy to trace the early season ice time leaders in past seasons. 

Most of the cases are somewhat inconclusive.  If a player like Jay Bouwmeester leads the NHL in ice time, has a moderate drop in points in the second half and misses the playoffs do we conclude it was because he was overplayed early on?  Most cases are similar to that.  Statistically it has been shown that players with high ice time in the first half tend to drop their scoring in the second half.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/30/11 at 10:48 PM ET

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Would Sather trade Staal for Bobby Ryan?  Would Anaheim take the chance?

Posted by 13 user names on 12/01/11 at 03:23 AM ET

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