Torts on Girardi snub: NHL 'ass-backwards'

November, 11, 2011
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Dan Girardi has done it all and then some for the Rangers this season, a fact made apparent by yet another terrific performance for the 27-year old defenseman, who had a goal, plus-2 rating and a game-high seven hits in 24:36 of ice time.

And while that earned him the first star in the Rangers' 5-1 win over Carolina on Friday, his efforts this season have gone overlooked by the National Hockey League.

Girardi was not included in the 127 players listed on the league's All-Star fan ballot released earlier this week. Teammates Brad Richards, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Marian Gaborik made the cut.

Head coach John Tortorella was not pleased about the snub.

"This league," Tortorella bemoaned. "It's because he's not pedigree. There's no pedigree there. Our league is so ass-backwards when it comes to that."

Tortorella said this isn't the first time the undrafted Girardi has been robbed of the recognition he deserves.

"It's not just this year that he's underrated," the coach said. "This guys has been a really good player, but if you don't have the pedigree in this league, they don't look at you."
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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