In light of a season ending injury to Boston Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg, rumours have surfaced denoting the club’s interest in New York Rangers blue-liner Dan Girardi. The right-shooting defender would be a good fit on a defence-first thinking Bruins club; exactly built in the mould that Boston is known to embrace. But he won’t come cheap, says New York Post columnist Larry Brooks.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) January 6, 2014
The Bruins defence corps is strong without Seidenberg, however, the experienced German is one of the most reliable, steady defencemen in the NHL, and his familiarity with captain Zdeno Chara is unparalleled. In other words, you don’t replace Dennis Seidenberg, you simply discover with next best option and hope you survive the loss.
Promising youngster Dougie Hamilton is the temporary substitute on Chara’s flank, and he’s performing admirably. Given the cost for a veteran with Girardi’s reputation as a shot-blocker and hard-working player, it is likely the Hamilton experiment will continue for the short-term, allowing Bruins GM Pete Chiarelli to give his homegrown crop of talent a fair opportunity before selling assets to acquire a veteran. I mean, it’s not like the B’s are on the bubble; they lead the Atlantic Division, and sit 11 points up on the bottom wild card slot in the East.
Murphy, via Brooks, is saying the price for Girardi is a top forward prospect and a top defence prospect. That’s a lot to pay for a pending UFA, especially since Girardi is likely not the only stay-at-home defencemen on the market, or at least he won’t be once the trade deadline draws closer.
The Rangers are in a dog-fight to qualify for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. They began this season with a 9-game road trip they’re still trying to recover from. And, with every game being immensely important, it’s hard to imagine Rangers GM Glen Sather giving up Girardi for anything less than a significant return. The truth is, Sather doesn’t need to panic and make that trade now. On the other hand, Blueshirts defenceman Michael Del Zotto – who has been the subject of several trade rumours this season – poses a more pressing trade dilemma for Sather. Del Zotto doesn’t fit the criteria in Boston, but his future with the Rangers is highly questionable. Once he is dealt, if he is dealt, the return received may go a long way in determining whether Girardi is available for a more affordable price.