In the 2015 lists issue of The Hockey News, Dan Girardi is listed as the fourth most overrated player in the league.
They write, “if blocking shots were enough for a player to be considered a star, Girardi would qualify. That’s not the case, yet you’ll still see Rangers fans going to bat for the 31-year old. One problem is he’s the victim of a contract that misrepresents his value, he’s making the money of a star blue liner when he’s just a good workhorse defenseman and not much else.”
Girardi is in the second-year of a six-year deal with a cap hit of $5.5 million.
In October 2014, Fluto Shinzawa listed Girardi among eight players who are “overpaid within the context of their rosters and job descriptions” but noted that every team is carrying “inflated salary.”(Boston Globe)
He adds that when Girardi is “on” he is a “good shutdown defenseman” and that in general, “it’s better to have the player at a higher price than to hose him to a competitor.” (Boston Globe)
When Girardi signed his extension, Glen Sather said “His dedication to this club, as a leader both on the ice and in the locker room, is invaluable to this team. We are happy to have been able to ensure that he will continue to wear the Blueshirt.”