by Patrick Hoffman on 10/06/10 at 11:17 AM ET
When the New York Rangers signed Derek Boogaard during the off-season, many eye brows were raised by both fans and hockey pundits alike.
Together, they wondered things such as: “Why does the team need this fighter?”, “How else can he help the team besides fighting?”, “What kind of offense, if any, will he be able to contribute?”. People have a right to ask these questions given Boogaard’s history.
Today, Jesse Spector (Rangers’ team beat writer) of the Daily News wrote about how Blueshirts’ head coach John Tortorella expects a lot more out of Boogaard than just fisticuffs:
“I’m not sure how he was treated in Minnesota - if he was just told to go out and fight - that’s not what we’re looking for here,” said the coach. “He’ll have his opportunities to do that, but we also want to try to help him become a better player and help us by adding some minutes to our lineup.”
For the money and the years that the team is paying him for (4 years, $6.5 million), fans hope that he’ll give Ranger fans something else to cheer about rather than a five minute trip to the penalty box. It appears that Torts is ready to give him that kind of opportunity.
It’ll be interesting to see what he can do this season. Hopefully, fans won’t get on him too early into the 2010-11 campaign.
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