According to ESPN, the Rangers made a big free agent signing today:
Read more about the signing at Ranger Rants, the NY Post and a Ranger fan's analysis over at The Manic Ranger.
Boston University free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy has signed a multiyear contract with the New York Rangers.
The contract is worth $3.5 million for two years, sources told ESPN's John Buccigross.
Gilroy's decision Friday to sign with the Rangers caps a full week for the 24-year-old native of North Bellmore, N.Y. One week ago, he was named the Hobey Baker Award winner as the best U.S. college hockey player.
The BU captain isn't eligible to join the Rangers on their current playoff run. He will attend the club's late summer training camp with an eye on making their 2009-10 NHL roster.
We'll have to wait and see what the exact contract terms are because although all reports I've read have specified that it's a two year deal, some initial reports (such as ESPN's above) report that the deal is worth $3.5M while others are saying that it could be as much as $5M.
Ranger Rants also has a list of the young Ranger defensive prospects "in addition to Long Island's Gilroy, New Jersey's Bobby Sanguinetti and Michael Del Zotto, both first-round picks and Mike Sauer and Corey Potter, both who had brief stints with the Rangers this season". The future looks good for the Rangers on the blue line. Now, if only they could clear that disastrous contract of Wade Redden's off the books!
Update: It's a 2 year contract for $3.5M per CapGeek.com