You can cross one name off the list of potential trade deadline options for the Bruins, as the Rangers agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $5.5 million a year with defenseman Dan Girardi.
Girardi, a right shot defenseman who has blocked many a shot in his day, was set to become an unrestricted free agent and would have been a tantalizing option alongside Zdeno Chara  on Boston’s top pair, but his new contract means he’s staying put.
Chris Phillips, on the other hand, is reportedly a player the B’s are pursuing, as ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald reported Friday afternoon that the Bruins and Senators have had discussions about the 35-year-old defenseman.
Phillips is also in the last year of his deal, and as a left-shot would seemingly be a good fit to push Matt Bartkowski as the team’s second-pairing left defenseman. McDonald reported that the Senators want “a top prospect and a draft pick” for Phillips, which would be a rather steep price.
Ottawa is three points out of a playoff spot entering Friday night’s games and could also opt to hold onto Phillips. According to TSN, the team and the player are in discussions regarding a new contract.
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