by Patrick Hoffman on 07/06/10 at 05:39 PM ET
Good afternoon folks. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend in the States.
As of right now, all is quiet in Rangerland. Yes, defenseman Dan Girardi has filed for arbitration and yes, things are still stalled when it comes to defenseman Marc Staal. Obviously, most Blueshirt fans are more concerned with getting Staal in the fold for the next several years as he has been the team’s most consistent defenseman since joining the league in the 2007-08 season.
When it comes to Girardi, it’s a tough call. There has been a steady decline in his play but with a new season on the horizon, may be he can turn things around and be one of the club’s better defenseman.
One thing both Girardi and Staal need to do is increase their offense. Girardi has produced for this team before and according to head coach John Tortorella, there is so much potential for Staal to do the same.
I wish there was more to report but right now, it’s quiet. I will make sure to stay on top of things for you puckheads out there.
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