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Dan Girardi | Defenseman | #5

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 212
Contract: view contract details

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Dan Girardi is out taking line rushes with Mikhail Sergachev and appears on track to return tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Girardi missed two games before Tampa's bye week with a neck injury after he was struck by the puck during a game. He has 11 points in 42 games and should not be owned in fantasy leagues. Jan 18 - 7:11 PM

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Dan Girardi (neck) may be back in the lineup on Thursday night.

Girardi expected to be back after Tampa Bay's bye week after he missed two games with a neck injury prior to the break. He took part in Wednesday's practice.
Jan 17 - 11:28 AM

Dan Girardi (neck) will miss Thursday's contest against the Calgary Flames.

Girardi took part in Thursday's practice, but the decision was made to give him another game off given that the Lightning are on the brink of their bye week. Girardi might return when the Lightning's schedule resumes on Jan. 18.
Jan 11 - 1:31 PM

It appears Dan Girardi (neck) won't be dressed tonight vs. the Carolina Hurricanes.

Girardi was struck by a puck in the neck on Sunday night and was considered a game-time decision. He mixed in to some work during warmups but didn't participate as much as the rest of the team. Cory Conacher and Slater Koekkoek will also be scratched.
Jan 9 - 7:32 PM

Dan Girardi (neck) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday night.

Girardi said the shot got him in "meat of the neck" and he's fortunate that it didn't do more damage. He skated Tuesday morning and could play against Carolina.
Jan 9 - 11:46 AM

Dan Girardi (upper body) skated Tuesday morning in a regular jersey.

It looks like Girardi might be available to play Tuesday night after he blocked a shot with the back of his head/neck on Sunday night.
Jan 9 - 11:08 AM

Dan Girardi (upper body) is listed as day-to-day.

The Lightning announced that all tests were negative after Girardi was nailed in the back of the head/neck area by a shot on Sunday night. He had a goal and an assist in the contest before he was forced to leave.
Jan 8 - 1:10 PM

Dan Girardi left Sunday night's game after taking a shot to the head/neck area.

The Lightning reported that Girardi was going to be OK, but would not return to the game against the Red Wings. The defenseman was trying to block a shot in front of the crease.
Jan 7 - 9:41 PM

Dan Girardi filled up the stat sheet well in Thursday's 5-2 victory versus Colorado.

Girardi had two assists, two shots, three hits, one block and a plus-1 rating in nearly 18 minutes of ice time. He has seven points in 28 matches this campaign.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Dan Girardi got his first goal as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Girardi's point shot in the second period of Tampa Bay's 2-0 win over Buffalo went in off Sabres defender Marco Scandella. The veteran rearguard has five points in 24 games this campaign.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Dan Girardi doesn't care that he isn't well-liked in the hockey analytics community.

"I guess I'm like the worst guy for all these analytics," Girardi said. "I don't much care. I'm a team-first guy. I'm going to keep it really simple. I'm going to try to do all the little things right, make that first pass a good one, get in the lane and block that shot, finish my check, try to get the boys going." He hasn't provided much from a fantasy perspective either so far, with no points in 10 games, but he has posted 17 hits and 20 blocks. Coach Jon Cooper appreciates Girardi's team-first attitude and his willingness to jump in front of shots, especially on the penalty kill.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 10:18:00 AM

After signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dan Girardi bought GM Steve Yzerman's house.

It's an amusing, but purely coincidental set of circumstances. Girardi was naturally looking for a place to buy in Tampa and showed one he was interested in to Ryan Callahan, who's another former New York Rangers player that's now part of the Lightning. "Um, I'm pretty sure that's the GM's house," Callahan replied. Girardi and Yzerman, who had already moved into a new place, didn't have much in the way of interaction over the sale as it was handled through their agents. Still, it can't hurt to have bought the boss' house. It's also a nice aside as Yzerman was a big part of the reason why Girardi chose Tampa Bay as the GM personally called him to make the pitch.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman believes his team got better defensively over the summer.

The Bolts finished 16th in goals against last season. "We needed to be a better defensive hockey team," Yzerman said. "I believe by bringing in Chris Kunitz and Dan Girardi we're a harder team to play against, and I'd expect us to be an improved team defensively." Both players add experience to the Lightning's roster, but both have also shown that their play has dropped off in the last few seasons. Neither player will be relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 04:10:00 PM

Dan Girardi has signed with Tampa for two years and $6 million.

The Bolts were looking for a stabilizing presence on their blueline and now they have one. Girardi will likely receive top-four minutes and be paired with either Victor Hedman or Anton Stralman. That said, he won’t get much power-play ice time and with only 15 points in 63 games with the Rangers last season he doesn’t profile as much of a fantasy asset.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 12:21:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are reportedly closing in on a contract with Dan Girardi.

Girardi is set to become an unrestricted free agent after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He wouldn't be able to formerly sign with the Lightning until Saturday at noon ET. His contract with Tampa Bay would likely be an inexpensive short-term contract, so the risk would be minimal.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 09:21:00 AM

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C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Matthew Peca
LW1Vladislav Namestnikov
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
5Michael Bournival
6Cory Conacher
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Yanni Gourde
3Ryan Callahan
D1Victor Hedman
2Mikhail Sergachev
3Anton Stralman
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Slater Koekkoek
8Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj
3Louis Domingue