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Boogaard Hopes To Play This Season

Per Andrew Gross, Derek Boogaard appears to be symptom free, and is hoping that he can play again this season. Boogaard is the forgotten Ranger injury this year, as he only played in 22 games this season before getting a concussion on December 9 that effectively ended his season. Boogaard fought a myriad of injuries this year, which included the concussion, multiple hand injuries, and a shoulder injury. The Rangers have had Boogaard on long term injured reserve as of December 10, which is a little over two months.

Although Boogaard wants to return, it is unlikely he will see significant playing time this season, barring injuries. The Rangers have done just fine without him, and aren’t really in desperate need of an enforcer. Boogaard also may not fit into the lineup anymore, with the emergence of Mats Zuccarello and the acquisition of Wojtek Wolski. In fact, Boogaard may not even fit in next year, as the Rangers will look to get quicker and more skilled. The signing of Boogaard was a questionable one at best, and it is looking like it may be another bust of a free agent signing. Luckily, Boogaard’s salary isn’t $7 million, so he doesn’t kill the cap. But hey, we saw him score a goal this year, which is more than we can say for Chris Drury this season.

12 Responses to “Boogaard Hopes To Play This Season”

  1. Mikeyyyy says:

    Paging ms underhill. If boogey can improve his skating a la Boyle. Ge could be heck of a player.

  2. Adrian says:

    Yes, he might be a complete waste for this year. That being said if the Rangers don’t sign the key players next year he will be playing. I really do hope that Drury comes back to some form of his old self and not fall apart next year since I have my doubts of him returning this year.

    • Dave says:

      I’m on record saying I wouldn’t be surprised to see Drury retire.

      • Michael says:

        Do you think he retires on his own or does he sort of get pushed by a threat of a buyout?

        • Dave says:

          I think on his own. Obviously, this depends on how the knee operation goes, and how he feels during offseason workouts.

          • Michael says:

            I believed that before the season started, but have been less sure because of him not taking the Prospal approach with his letter, but if the knee is bad he might walk away. sad way to end a very good career.

  3. JOE says:

    I Love when Boogaard plays. He drills people on hits and I find it fun to watch. I think they might need him against the Senators, Philly and Pittsburg. Hes a big tough scary guy and if anyone saw Prust get dominated by Englend in Pitts( however its spelled)you realize he has a place on the team. I also would like to see a drastic skating improvement. Maybe its me

    • Mikeyyyy says:

      Improved skating puts him in better position to make those hits. And better power means even bigger hits.