Friday, April 17, 2009

Rangers Sign Hobey Baker Winner Matt Gilroy

According to ESPN, the Rangers made a big free agent signing today:

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.

Read more about the signing at Ranger Rants, the NY Post and a Ranger fan's analysis over at The Manic Ranger.

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


Anonymous said...

So the Rangers continue to improve their blue line....WHAT PROSPECTS DO THEY HAVE UP FRONT???


Puck Central said...

An Islanders fan - a rare find these days. What made you decide to surface? Does getting the #1 pick in the NHL Draft suddenly make you guys Cup contenders next season?

I agree that the Rangers have A LOT of prospects on the blue line, but:
1) Who knows who will actually make it to the NHL
2) There's a chance that Sather will trade one of those prospects with a pick as a package for a forward

Keep on postin!

frank dupont said...

they can use all the help they can get on defence only 1 player had a plus/minus of +3 on there defence Paul Mara.....

frank dupont said...

all season

Puck Central said...

That was more to do w/ their lack of scoring up front than anything else.