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Connecticut adds familiar face, signs Matt Gilroy

Welcome back Matt Gilroy to the New York Rangers organization. Recognizing that they are (very) thin on defense, CT GM Jim Schoenfeld turned to a familiar face by signing the former Ranger defenseman (per Larry Brooks).

Matt Gilroy has signed AHL contract with Whale. Prodigal free agent D presumably will sign with Rangers when lockout ends.

What Brooks adds there is an interesting little tidbit, as the Rangers were short on defensive depth last season. Remember that Gilroy was a free agent when the lockout began, which made him free to sign with any AHL club. Gilroy will remain with Connecticut for the duration of the lockout, and as Brooks mentions, might be up with the Rangers once the lockout is over.

In two seasons with the Rangers, Gilroy contributed 7 goals and 19 assists in 127 games before signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2011-2012 season. That year, Gilroy finished with a line of 3-17-20 in 67 games with Tampa Bay and the Ottawa Senators.

7 Responses to “Connecticut adds familiar face, signs Matt Gilroy”

  1. Chris.C says:

    Great signing, Think the kid is better then MDZ. As with the case of MDZ the organization rushed Gilroy into the line up also. Welcome back Gilroy

  2. Tim B says:

    I didn’t see that coming. You think that he could be the 6th/7th defensemen? Also what happens with Bickel? I don’t think they would carry 2 extra defensemen as healthy scratches

    • Dave says:

      @Tim B, yea this was the last thing I expected. I’d assume he will be the 7th guy, and maybe more of a matchup guy when Bickel isn’t needed.

      Or he could just be Whale defensive depth.

  3. Mikeyyy says:

    Great pickup for the 3rd pair.

    Girardi, Staal, McD, MDZ, Gilroy, and Stralman.

    And Emmy running 7th leaves Bickel off the roster.

  4. mhurley says:

    Good for Matt. He’s been skating at Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park along with a bunch of Icelanders to try and stay in shape. Will he have to pass through waivers if the Rangers call him up?