Rangers re-sign Cody McLeod to one year deal

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The Rangers have re-signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year deal. McLeod played 25 games with the Rangers last year after being picked up off waivers from Nashville. He put up a pair of assists while playing primarily fourth line minutes.

I’m a little puzzled by this signing. The Rangers had 8 forwards signed, with 3 more RFAs pending signing. This doesnlt count guys like Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri, Lias Andersson, and Filip Chytil. McLeod is rather useless on the ice. He’s a face puncher who doesn’t do much else.

Embrace the tank, I guess.

Update: Now with some time to digest, McLeod will likely be a 13/14F. He won’t be a regular in the NHL lineup. He won’t be sent to the AHL to take up a spot there. He’s an injury replacement. I’m not overly concerned.

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  • I hope this means that Belesky graduated from being the extra to having a chance to actually make the team. He was a try hard who got overlooked at the end of last season due to Chytil and Andersson call ups.

    Should have gave Scotty Hartnell the call because on the cheap he would have been a 20 point something 4th liner who can really get underneath the other teams and still throw down. I think he would have embraced the NYR logo at this point in his career to really help push this team into the playoffs.

    • Yeah, neither Belesky or McLeod should play for the 2018-2019 New York Rangers. With that said, they were already paying Belesky, so if they insist on carrying a goon, I’d rather they just went with Belesky. His skill ceiling has still got to be higher than McLeod’s. Cody makes Tanner Glass look downright skilled in comparison.

    • Agree – the whining is overdone. It was a one year signing and we have loads of cap room.

      Sure he stinks. The Rangers are going to stink next year too. They signed McLeod to be an enforcer, who likely will play rarely if a perceived need arises, to protect our young prospects. Would have been better to sign Reeves, which they tried and couldn’t. And while Reeves is a much better enforcer he stinks too and got ~ 5.5 mil for 2 years. I would be surprised if McLeod got more than a million.

      • Agree Orlando. Or Komarov at $3 mill for 4 years. We can always waive him. That’s how he ended up a Ranger in the first place. I think mostly whining comes from the lack of action going on with the Rangers in general than this signing. It’s basically irrelevant.

  • This isn’t necessarily a depth signing at all. You say “The Rangers had 8 forwards signed, with 3 more RFAs pending signing. This doesnlt count guys like Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri, Lias Andersson, and Filip Chytil.”

    But look closer. Two of the eight are Matt Beleskey and Peter Holland, two guys you don’t want playing. Add in the RFAs, Andersson and Chityl and we still only have eleven. Maybe Nieves or Lettieri or Howden makes 12, but Nieves is not particularly good, Lettieri is a question mark, and Howden may not be ready.

    I think Cody McLeod was signed to be in the everyday lineup.

    • I suspect you are correct with your last sentence, which is why this is a god-awful move. Belesky and Holland bring much more to the table than McLeod; his calling card is fighting, and that he’s rather ass at even that is the really ironic part.

  • Yawn…

    But honestly, why not sign Chris Stewart? Better hockey player and MUCH better fighter.

    This guy is washed.

    • Laziness — one would have to actually read the list of free agents to know that Stewart was available. They already knew McLeod was a UFA.

      • I would like to believe in Ranger management for the long haul but this signing and taking a goalie in the 2nd round both qualify as excruciatingly dumb moves.

        The only consolations are that both moves have no impact on the future at all.

        • Hey pal. Agreed unless one of those first rounders like McLeod, Wilde go on to be big time players and we have a goalie who will never see the ice. This kid had an .878 save percentage in Sweden juniors, a league not known for its scoring.

        • Yep Richter –
          …but we really have to wait on the outcome of this draft, (as well as every other teams draft) only time will tell – everything will be assessed in the next few years….I’m OK with the Cody signing, as you said, it won’t matter either way for the long haul. On a side note, it would be nice if Beleskey could have a nice camp – he was huge in the 2015 playoffs (scored 8 goals), hit everybody and scored a nice TKO on Manning vs Philly. He had a trying time last year in Boston (non-hockey related),and I do hope for the best for him – really cool guy. As far as Lindbolm, way too young to tell – save percentages mean little. Again, we won’t know anything for a long while

          • The only thing I will say about this is signing is “why?” What’s the thinking?

            Even if the Rangers are delusional enough to think that signing this guy as a “protector” actually matters, then there are plenty of other guys that they could have signed.

            This guy is washed, can’t fight, and scares no one. It’s kind of embarrassing, quite honestly.

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