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September 20, 2019 03:08 PM
Dan Girardi: Announces retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi has retired from the NHL.

Girardi was never a high-end fantasy asset, but he was a highly dependable stay-at-home defender throughout his 13-year career, spending his first 11 seasons with the Rangers before joining the Lightning for his final two NHL campaigns. The 35-year-old will hang up his skates having racked up 56 goals and 264 points in 927 career contests.

July 1, 2019 05:40 PM
Dan Girardi: Will not return to Lightning
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Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois announced that the team would not re-sign Dan Girardi, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Girardi has been a vital part of the Lightning's defensive group over the last two seasons, suiting up in 139 regular season contests during that span. The 35-year-old blueliner can still provide a touch of offense, but more importantly, some veteran leadership in the locker room. He shouldn't have trouble securing a short-term NHL deal this offseason.

April 18, 2019 12:48 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Struggles with increased role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi finished the 2018-19 playoffs with no points, four PIM and a minus-2 rating in four games.

Girardi's game has slowed. And with Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman out with injuries, he was forced into a bigger role than perhaps he could handle. Especially with the aggressive forecheck of the Blue Jackets. Girardi is a free agent this offseason and he will need to take a financial haircut to stay with the Bolts. Even if he does, Girardi isn't a fantasy option.

April 5, 2019 10:16 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Returning to action Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for the regular-season finale Saturday against the Bruins, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Girardi wasn't expected to return prior to the postseason, but it appears he's recovered a bit ahead of schedule and will get in a tune-up game beforehand. The veteran defenseman owns just 15 points through 61 contests, so there's little to point to in terms of fantasy upside despite him playing on the best offensive club in the league.

April 4, 2019 11:52 AM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Joins in on practice Thursday
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Girardi was on the ice for practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury March 7, Lightning radio analyst Caley Chelios reports.

Girardi isn't expected to make his return until the playoffs fire up, but his presence on the ice is an encouraging sign that he should be ready early in the postseason. The veteran blueliner has collected just 15 points over 61 games this season, leaving him off the fantasy radar in many playoff pools.

March 25, 2019 12:04 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Likely done for regular season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi (lower body) is doubtful for the remainder of the regular season but coach Jon Cooper is hopeful that the veteran blueliner will be available for the playoffs, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

If Girardi's regular season is indeed over, he finishes with four goals and 11 assists in 61 games. This will be the veteran blueliner's fifth consecutive campaign with between 15 and 20 points.

March 20, 2019 11:52 AM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Out indefinitely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi (lower body) appears to have suffered a setback and is out indefinitely, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Girardi was labeled day-to-day throughout his five-game absence, but is now facing an extended absence due to his lower-body issue. With Anton Stralman (lower body) also unavailable, Jan Rutta and Braydon Coburn figure to continue filling out the third pairing. The Lightning are poised for a deep postseason run, which leaves open the possibility for Girardi to still get back into the lineup for the playoffs, but he is likely done for the remainder of the regular season.

March 18, 2019 07:16 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Still unfit to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi (lower body) will not play against the Coyotes on Monday, Erik Erlendsson of reports.

Tampa Bay's blue line is still thin with Girardi and Anton Stralman (lower body) both missing the last several contests. The 34-year-old doesn't have a timetable to return, but his next chance to play will be Wednesday in Washington.

March 16, 2019 02:44 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Implied scratch Saturday
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Girardi (lower body) was absent from morning skate ahead of Saturday's game against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of reports.

With Anton Stralman (lower body) also omitted from the latest session, the Bolts reportedly will continue relying on Jan Rutta to round out the depth on the blue line. Girardi is looking at a fourth straight absence, though he's not on injured reserve, thanks in large part to extra roster flexibility that opened up after the trade deadline.

March 14, 2019 06:20 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Not expected to play
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Girardi (lower body) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against Detroit,'s Dave Hogg reports.

Girardi will miss a third consecutive game Thursday, but his continued absence won't impact many fantasy lineups, as he's only notched 15 points in 61 contests this campaign. Another update on the veteran blueliner's status should surface once he's ready to rejoin the lineup.

March 11, 2019 01:36 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Remains out Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi (lower body) will remain out of the lineup Monday in Toronto, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

This will be Girardi's second consecutive absence. The stay-at-home blueliner's omission from the lineup is unlikely to cause much of a stir in the fantasy realm, as he has just 15 points in 61 games. His next chance to return will come Thursday in Detroit, though Lightning coach Jon Cooper added that Girardi and Anton Stralman may not play Thursday, either.

March 9, 2019 10:56 AM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Looks unfit to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi (lower body) is day-to-day ahead of Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Girardi almost assuredly will miss the upcoming contest, which helps explain why Jan Rutta was called up from AHL Syracuse on Friday evening. With an emphasis on the penalty kill, the former has produced four goals and 11 assists over 61 games this season.

February 28, 2019 01:16 AM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Registers goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi scored a rare goal in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Before this goal, he hadn't scored -- or even tallied a point -- since Dec. 20, going 21 games without getting on the scorer sheet. Obviously with that kind of drought, Girardi hasn't produced much offense this season, but actually, he's still on pace for a fairly decent offensive output based on his standards. He has four goals and 13 points in 58 games this season. Girardi needs five more points to match his total from 2017-18.

February 13, 2019 03:04 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Point slump at 16 games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi has gone 16 games without a point.

He's not a guy the Bolts count on for points. Instead, Girardi's roles as a crease clearer and effective defense-first guy are far more valuable.

January 16, 2019 04:20 AM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Riding seven-game slump
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi was in the middle of a seven-game point drought heading into play Tuesday night.

Girardi had a relatively productive three-week period to start December -- he had put up seven points, including one goal, in an 11-game stretch. But that isn't Girardi, as he's a defensive-minded crease-clearer who just angles opposing forwards out of the play. There's no fantasy value here. But his goalies sure love him.

November 25, 2018 02:32 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Toiling in relative obscurity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi has one point -- a goal -- in his last 16 games.

His ice time remains high, especially with fellow workhorse defender Anton Stralman on the sideline. Girardi is guy who toils in relative obscurity and it's a good day when his name isn't mentioned. There's plenty of ice time available for guys like that, but no room for it in fantasy.

October 22, 2018 06:09 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Picks up helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi tallied an assist against the Blackhawks in a 6-3 win Sunday.

Girardi has three assists to start the season, but he's unlikely to keep it up. The 34-year-old hasn't had more than 18 points in a season over the last three years, and he doesn't get any power-play time. He's a solid defensive-minded defenseman, but that's not what excites fantasy players.

October 11, 2018 03:05 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Top pairing with Hedman
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi is paired with Victor Hedman on the Lightning's top defense pairing at even strength Thursday.

There were murmurs of Girardi's decline over the summer, but the steady stay-at-home presence from Welland, Ontario should be a solid fit beside the strong, smooth-skating Hedman. Girardi will not provide fantasy owners with value, but he will be a good wingman for Hedman on a super-deep blue line.

May 5, 2018 12:40 AM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Tallies game-winning goal in Game 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi scored a game-winning overtime goal to lift the Lightning over the Bruins 4-3 on Friday night. The Lightning lead the second-round series 3-1.

Key overtime winners occasionally come from the most unlikely sources, and that was definitely the case with Girardi scoring in overtime in Game 4. He came into the night with just one goal and two points in eight playoff games, and during the regular season, he tallied just six goals in 77 contests. With that in mind, owners shouldn't expect Girardi to go on any type of scoring spree. The only thing he really supplies to a fantasy lineup is an above-average rating at plus-5 over nine playoff games.

April 28, 2018 09:33 PM
Lightning's Dan Girardi: Gets first point of playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Girardi scored his first goal of the postseason in Saturday's 6-2, Game 1 loss to Boston in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

It was Girardi's first point of the postseason and his first playoff goal since 2013-14. Girardi's value, particularly in the second season, lies in his ability to clear creases, not tally points.