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Why Did The New York Rangers Sign Cody McLeod?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is the principal every bit as much as the principle in this case, if not more so. Because though there might be an argument to be made that a youngish, finesse-oriented team such as the Rangers could benefit from having an enforcer/protector in the lineup, it represents a leap of faith to believe Cody McLeod is the individual to cast in that role.

Been there. Did almost nothing to warrant a return. Yet, after batting their eyes at impending Las Vegas free agent Ryan Reaves without reciprocal interest then passing on the opportunity to acquire Matt Martin from Toronto, the Blueshirts for some reason decided to bring McLeod back to Broadway for an encore, re-upping the 34-year-old winger for a one-year deal worth $750,000.

In theory, a player with McLeod’s résumé could protect and defend younger teammates from abuse. More realistically, in this era when the notion that one player could be a deterrent against, say, head shots is largely discredited, McLeod at least would present a credible threat of retaliation in the event of a cheap shot against a Ranger.

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Hootinani's avatar

Because this is a league filled with unimaginative copycats.  They saw that LV and the Caps had a disturber/enforcer, so now they think they have to have one to win.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/15/18 at 09:37 AM ET

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Without effective PP other teams can just whoop on you when you start to gain some traction in games.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/15/18 at 10:25 AM ET

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Was a little confused by Brooks claim that because McLeod didn’t “enforce”
in one game soon after being acquired, he has proven that he won’t or can’t.

This is a guy who is routinely at the top of the league in fighting majors
and will usually go with anyone.

I’d almost be more concerned that McLeod didn’t look so good
in the actual fights he did have as a Ranger and lost some lopsided ones,
which you’re not accustomed to seeing in his case.

It’s similar to Witkowski: rebuilding team (a more committed version!)
with lots of younger finesse prospects and not so much in size toughness
among the guys who play the bigger minutes.

Reaves is now clearly overpaid, but did show he can impact games, even in the playoffs.
I bet Pittsburgh wished they still had him in the series against Washington. Not just because of Tom Wilson trying to concuss every opponent, but because Reaves’ body checking can be impactful in a long, grinding series.

Posted by Lefty30 on 07/16/18 at 12:14 AM ET

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Cody McLeod is going to have a breakout season….  why else ;p

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/16/18 at 05:26 PM ET

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