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Mathieu Dandenault Headed to Hartford

As per Steve Zipay’s twitter, Mathieu Dandenault is headed to Hartford on a tryout basis. Dandenault, 33, is a defenseman who played for the Montreal Canadiens for the last four seasons, putting up respectable numbers. Actually, he put up numbers comparable to a few high priced defensemen on the current Rangers roster. Dandenault was on a tryout with the Sharks this offseason, but was eventually released.

The Rangers lucked out with one team’s garbage, maybe this one can work out too. He only needs to be a seventh defenseman anyway.

Side note: I’m categorizing this under Signings for now. He didn’t sign yet, it’s just a tryout. I just couldn’t think of a category to put this under and didn’t want to create a new category.

Stick-tap to Mike Axisa for the heads up.

Update 5:25pm: As per Beyond The Blueshirts twitter, Dandenault signed a 25-game tryout contract.

4 Responses to “Mathieu Dandenault Headed to Hartford”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Could live with him. actually a big fan of Cory Murphy. either would do. we don’t necessarily *need* a seventh dman, but it’s always good to have. has anyone else noticed that Gilroy’s play has slipped just a little bit? not as exposive in the offensive zone

  2. Dave says:

    They definitely need a seventh defenseman, if just for that presence that if you mess up, you’re sitting. It goes well with the no bullshit attitude from Torts.

    As for Gilroy, I just dropped him from my fantasy team. I think he’s just more concentrated on the defensive aspect of the game.

  3. Mike A. says:

    I definitely think they need a seventh D-man. MDZ’s never played more than 73 games in a season, and that was four years ago. Gilroy’s fresh out of college and has never played more than 45 games in a season at a high level.

    Those two are going to need a break at some point. The Olympic break is a big help, but the more rest, the better.

  4. jurgenno88 says:

    we defintiely need a 7th and i think Dandenault is a great choice. Low maintenance, he brings with him experience, a winning mentality, rings, and he can put points up if needs be too.

    What shouldnt be underrated is he can play wing too so if they want to keep him in when the other 6 D are playing he can come in on the 4th line and do an effective job.

    Cory Murphy isnt appropriate. The guy is apparently a PP specialist and thats why Florida brought him back from Finland in the first place. ALso, he’s never stuck with a team because he cant stay healthy. He’s a good PP player though but i’d rather let Gilroy take over if MDZ needs a rest.