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Dan Girardi staying with Rangers; Bruins reportedly interested in Chris Phillips

Posted By DJ Bean On February 28, 2014 @ 5:09 pm In General | 11 Comments

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 [1] 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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