Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after defeating the the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after defeating the the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

2. Dan Girardi

Sure, you just might be one of those diehard Rangers fans who can’t stand Dan Girardi. We know why. His hefty $5.5 million salary through the 2019-20 season coupled with his falloff in production is exactly why fans have soured.

Still, though, you cannot argue the man’s toughness.

A season ago the man played with a cracked kneecap. Yes, that’s right, a cracked kneecap. During the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Girardi played through a grade 1 MCL sprain.

From 2007 through 2015, Girardi only missed an incredible five games in eight seasons. Whether it’s blocking shots or cleaning up the front of Henrik Lundqvist’s net, Girardi, one of the Rangers toughest leaders, has always been there for the Blueshirts.

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