Dan Girardi Quotebook

“ We all take a lot of pride in how we raised the bar this season, and I look forward to next season having higher expectations placed on us. We did accomplish a lot, and it's important to remember that, but in the end we did not get as far as we wanted to, so we just have to be better next season. ”
- Dan Girardi
“ We know if we play like we can we can go deep into the playoffs. I'm sure we'll have the majority of the same people back next year, and we know this group can be at the top of the East again. It is motivating knowing that. ”
- Dan Girardi
“ It was a good year for us, but personally I don't feel like dwelling on it. We lost (in the Eastern Conference Finals) and now it's time to get ready for next year. We battled really hard in the playoffs, and now we have to take this feeling into next year. ”
- Dan Girardi

Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2011-12, earning his first NHL All Star Game berth while anchoring the Blueshirts top defensive pairing by logging an average of 26:14 worth of ice time and playing in all 82 games.

Before heading home to Ontario to spend the summer with his wife, Pamela, and son, Landon, Girardi reflected briefly on 2011-12, while remaining more focused on what lies ahead next season.

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