"With all the blocked shots and hits, it is easy to overlook the fact that Girardi also established career highs with 27 assists and 31 points this season, largely by making simple, clean passes, with good vision both springing attacks from the Rangers' zone, and when they were set up at the other end. If Girardi can continue to make strides to the "bonus" part of his game, he can be an All-Star. As it is, he probably is not all that far away from being regarded among the game's elite on the strength of his defensive play alone."
...Girardi is by far the most under-rated defenseman in the league. The guy blocks shots, hits and stays out of the penalty box. With him sprinkling in a little offense every once in a while I've got to agree with Spector that it's only a matter of time before Girardi begins to be recognized.
...what I find interesting is that after the whole Gaborik/Carcillo incident I thought Girardi was done with the Rangers, but to his credit he continued to play hard and I feel he learned from it as I've seen him come to the aid of teammates countless times.