When the All Star ballots for this year were released, there were four Rangers on the ballot: Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, and Marc Staal. Lundqvist, Richards, and Gaborik were expected to be on the ballot, but Staal hasn’t played a single game this year. It is just another flaw in the All Star balloting, as the Rangers best defenseman thus far, Dan Girardi, is not on the ballot. That’s where the write-ins come in handy.
Kevin DeLury of The New York Rangers blog has started a write-in campaign for Girardi, who surely deserves All Star considerations this year. Girardi is fifth on the team in scoring (2-5-7), tops in ice time (pushing 30 minutes a game), gets the most difficult defensive assignments, is second on the team in hits (30), leads the team in blocked shots (37), and is fifth on the team in +/- (+5). Simply put, Dan Girardi is the most important Ranger on this team who does not play goalie.
Girardi deserves to be in the All Star Game, case closed. You can either go to the voting website here or text Girardi’s name to 81812 (standard rates apply).