Dan Girardi played his final two seasons with Tampa Bay. ©2020, Dan Hickling, Hickling Images

Report: Sabres hire former defenseman Dan Girardi for player development role

The Buffalo Sabres have hired former NHL defenseman Dan Girardi, who played 927 games, for a player development role, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Girardi, 36, grew up in Welland, Ontario, with Matt Ellis, the Sabres’ new director of player development, and are close friends.

Despite going undrafted, Girardi, who began his career in the ECHL, played 13 seasons in the NHL. He spent 11 years with the New York Rangers before playing two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He retired after the 2018-19 campaign.

The Sabres fired most of their player development staff when they dismissed general manager Jason Botterill on June 16.

2 thoughts on “Report: Sabres hire former defenseman Dan Girardi for player development role”

  1. What a transformative hire. He has the puck, stick and knows the ups and downs. Who could ask for more?

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