Brooks adds that if the Rangers balk at the request Girardi can file for a one-year arbitration award and then become unrestricted next season.
Finally Brooks says that Marc Staal, also an impending Group II but without arbitration rights, likely will wait on Girardi's contract before signing a new deal. So it's probably going to cost between $7-7.5M a year for the pair.
...i'd love for Sather to somehow get that number down to $6 million for the two of them ($2.5 for Girardi and $3.5 for Staal). Not sure about four years either. Three would be ideal.
...i promise I'll have draft party pics and review at some point today.