Entries with the tag: jody shelley
As always, it was an interesting first day of free agency for the New York Rangers.
Olli Jokinen is gone. Jody Shelley is gone. Vinny Prospal resigned for one year and in the team’s most interesting move of the day, they signed Derek Boogaard to a four-year deal at $1.625 million per year.
The team also signed UFA goaltender Martin Biron to be their back-up goaltender and also resigned Erik Christensen for two years.
The Vinny Prospal deal is definitely a good one. He racked up 58 points this year and was the club’s second most consistent point producer next to Marian Gaborik. He worked hard, was not afraid to speak out and say what the team needed to do and provided veteran leadership in the locker room. He’ll bring all these intangibles to the team for at least one more season.
From great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:
Head coach John Tortorella, in all of his years behind the bench, has never once been a coach to that has used his fourth line all that often. By that I mean, he rather shorten the bench and rotate three lines in crucial situations and occasionally throw the fourth out there once or twice a period. That is, until he was confronted with the Shelley-Anisimov-Prust combination that has taken the coaching staff, and the fan base for that matter, by surprise.
Since Tortorella began rolling four lines, the team has been 7-1-1 and making a magical run at a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Not only has Torts changed to a four-line coach, but he has even went as far as starting the fourth trio in games, like last night’s against the Philadelphia Flyers for example.
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