by Patrick Hoffman on 10/06/12 at 02:02 PM ET
When it comes to the New York Rangers' defensive corps, the team seems set for the forseeable future.
On Broadway, the Blueshirts have the likes of Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, and Marc Staal. Down on the farm or in juniors, the team has a group of solid defensive prospects.
Yesterday, a former Rangers' defenseman jumped back into the fold in Matt Gilroy. Yesterday on Twitter, New York Post Rangers' beat writer Larry Brooks told us that Gilroy signed an AHL contract with the Connecticut Whale and that he could also end up signing with the Rangers when the lockout ends.
In Gilroy's first tenure with the Blueshirts, things were inconsistent. He was able to supply some offense but his defensive mishaps and lack of confidence in his won zone really hurt both himself and the team.
Gilroy then spent time with both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators as a depth defenseman/forward. Much like with New York, Gilroy never really found a consistent role or consistent home.
So, this brings Gilroy to today. He will more than certainly get a good chance with the Connecticut Whale and should he do well, he will have a shot to be a depth player with the Blueshirts.
Remember folks, this team is still without defenseman Michael Sauer. Neither team nor Sauer know when he will be ready to play again.
Let's see what happens with the 28-year-old Gilroy. This could end up being a blessing in disguise for the Rangers' organization.
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