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Defenseman Gilroy back in the Rangers’ Organization

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. 

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Sather On Grachev, Drury, Gilroy and Europe

Here is the following from New York Post New York Rangers’ beat writer Larry Brooks on his Twitter account:

Sather: Grachev asked out, wanted new start. GM had been shopping him for year, Blues only team interested

Sather would not discuss Drury potential buyout/medical issue

Per Sather: Rangers will open next 3 seasons in Europe, no sites yet selected.

Rangers did not qualify Gilroy, headed to market after rejecting alternate offer



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Not Terrible, but Not Great Either

That would be the exact way to describe the New York Rangers’ play in their Game 1 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.

The Blueshirts grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when defenseman Matt Gilroy scored his first career playoff goal. Unfortuantely, the Capitals washed that out late in the third period when Alex Ovechkin forced one in at the side of the net passed a helpless Henrik Lundqvist.

This was definitely a game that the Rangers’ could have won by at least a 1-0 score. The team had done a terrific job of shutting down the Capitals’ big guns until Ovechkin tied it and Alex Semin won it in overtime.

With that said, this Blueshirts’ hockey team did not generate enough offense. Sure, the team took 25 shots but not enough of them were of the quality variety, which is something that the team will need to change going forward if they want to win this series.

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Some Ranger Line-up Updates Via Twitter and Other Thoughts

Here are some Tweets from New York Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross regarding today’s line-up in the regular season finale against the New Jersey Devils:

Torts on Drury’s return: “He’ll give us some juice. Our captain’s back in the lineup.”

Torts says tough decision Gilroy over Eminger but thinks Gilroy can help get the puck out of the end zone a little quicker.

Drury in, Avery out. Gilroy in, Eminger out. Zuccarello in.

I am not quite sure what to think about the line-up changes that the head coach has decided to implement. While Avery has not played great, he is usually always a factor against Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur. Yes, Drury is the captain and yes, it will be nice to have him in the game to kill some penalties and take key face-offs but to me, the move is still questionable.

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Matt Gilroy As a Forward

With New York Rangers’ forward Ryan Callahan injured, head coach John Tortorella decided to give defenseman Matt Gilroy a shot at forward.

While this may seem odd, it really isn’t because Gilroy started out as a forward and did not become a defenseman until he went to Boston University. So really, the position should come naturally to Gilroy.

Here is what Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross had to say about the switch to forward:

Gilroy has been a healthy scratch the past six games and it would be surprising for Gilroy to log heavy minutes as a fourth-liner - think around 7 or under - though he could see time on the power play.

What will help Gilroy most is his skating ability and coach John Tortorella said Gilroy just needed to keep it simple. Gilroy was a forward through most of his sophomore season at Boston University before injuries necessitated his move to defense, where his game blossomed.

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Staal to return Tonight Against the Senators

Good news, New York Rangers’ fans. Defenseman Marc Staal will be back in the line-up tonight against the Ottawa Senators after missing a few games with an undisclosed injury.

Here is what Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross had to say about it over at Ranger Rants:

Defenseman Marc Staal, who missed the previous two games with what was believed to be a re-aggravation of an earlier left knee injury though the Rangers would not disclose the problem, will be back in the lineup tonight when the Rangers host the Senators. Staal participated in the team’s full morning skate and also skated on his own yesterday when the rest of the team was off. His shot was a little rusty as one of his one-timers rose and hit Henrik Lundqvist in the mask, knocking the goalie over, though he reported he was fine later.

Sean Avery and Matt Gilroy will be the healthy scratches.

It makes sense for Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella to keep Avery scratched as the team has been winning games without him. There is no doubt that what Avery can provide to this team but right now, it is better to be safe than sorry and keep the nonsense on the ice to a minimum.

Click here to read the rest of Gross’s blog.

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Avery and Gilroy Scratched Against Canadiens

From New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector via The Blueshirts Blog at The Daily News:

For the second time in the last three games, Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Rangers face the Canadiens at the Garden, while Matt Gilroy will be a spectator for the second game in a row.

Those two players were among eight on the ice at this morning’s optional skate, along with Artem Anisimov, Derek Boogaard, Erik Christensen, Chad Johnson, Vinny Prospal and Michael Sauer.

Avery’s banishment from the lineup hardly comes as a surprise after he took three minor penalties in Tuesday’s game, which turned into something of a circus after he clobbered the Islanders’ Justin DiBenedetto.

“I guess probably my discipline,” Avery said when asked if he had a sense of why he was scratched. “Penalties last game.”

Cannot say I am surprised given the way Avery played in Tuesday night’s 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders.

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Where is the Rangers’ Power Play?

In a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens yesterday afternoon, it was the power play that lost the game for the New York Rangers.

The Blueshirts had four power play opportunities and were only able to put one shot on Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price. Yes, the Canadiens’ penalty kill was very aggressive and did a terrific job in clogging ...up othe defensive zone but the Rangers need to be heckuva lot more effective with the man advanatge going forward.

The Rangers may not have the most talented group of forwards but they do have guys that can shoot the puck such as Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Artem Anisimov. They also have some talent at the points in Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal and Matt Gilroy who can get pucks to the net.

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Rangers’ Defense: Not So Bad

Going into the season, many hockey pundits and fans alike wondered how the New York Rangers’ defense would perform this season.

Well, almost halfway through the season, the team is currently eighth in the National Hockey League in goals against, averaging 2.55 goals against per game. Not bad for one of the youngest defensive corps in the NHL.

When it comes to the team’s defense, one constant has been Marc Staal. He blocks shots, breaks up plays, hits hard, makes great outlet passes and every once in awhile, shows that he has some offense in him. He has been the club’s best defenseman since joining the NHL in the 2007-08 season.

Defenseman Dan Girardi has also been one of the Rangers’ best defenseman since joining the team during the 2006-07 season. He logs a lot of ice, blocks a lot of shots, and has contributed 20 points (3 goals and 17 assists) from the blue line this season. When paired with Staal, they are one of the best shutdown pair of defensemen in the NHL.

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Gilroy Stepping Up for the Blueshirts

In the last week or so, there has been a noticeable difference in New York Rangers’ defenseman Matt Gilroy’s game.

Gilroy has appeared to be more confident, poised, willing to jump into the play, make smart plays in the defensive zone and more importantly, a steady presence on the club’s blue line.

According to Rangers’ web site beat writer Jim Cerny, Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella went as far to say that Gilroy was the club’s “sixth defenseman”:

Great stuff from Boyle and Gilroy…by the way Torts called Gilroy “one of our six (defensemen) right now”...hmmmmm…

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All About Hard Work for the Blueshirts

It may have been a 7-2 drubbing of the New York Islanders, but the New York Rangers certainly worked hard for their 21st victory of their season.

For starters, defenseman Matt Gilroy had a terrific game for the Blueshirts. He picked up his first two goals of the season, played well on both sides of the puck and looked poised and confident on the blueline. This is something that Gilroy needs to do conisistently but he certainly seems to be getting his game together at the right time for his hockey club.

It was another excellent game for grinders Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Boyle picked up his 13th goal of the season and added two assists for three points. As always, Prust worked hard, battled in the corners and generated several scoring opportunities for the Blueshirts.

The same can be said of Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan, who are both having quite a season for the Rangers. Dubinsky scored his 15th goal of the season and added an assist while Stepan extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his 11th goal of the season as well as picking up an assist.

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Two More Blueshirts Headed to the World Championships

It looks like the New York Rangers will be well represented at the World Championships as it was announced yesterday that both Team USA and Team Canada added a Ranger to their roster. Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has more:

Rangers prospect Chris Kreider, so good in leading Team USA to the gold at the World Junior Championships, was among 11 players added to the roster by USA Hockey for the IIHF World Championships, May 7-23 in Germany.

Kreider will join Brandon Dubinsky (who turned 24 today) and Matt Gilroy on Team USA.

Meanwhile, Canada general manager Mark Messier announced Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto as one of four players added to his roster today. Del Zotto (who remains a teenager until June 24) is one of six players on the Canadian squad under 20. Rangers teammate Marc Staal is also on the Canadian roster.

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Matt Gilroy Going to Hartford

From Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants:

That the play of rookie defenseman Matt Gilroy had cooled somewhat since the beginning of the season was fairly obvious. Still, it’s somewhat of a surprise today that the Rangers have assigned the 25-year-old Hobey Baker winner to Hartford (AHL) today while retaining 25-year-old Finnish rookie Ilkka Heikkinen, at least for the time being.

Gilroy, scoreless in his last four, has four goals and two assists in 30 games. Defensively, Gilroy was beaten one-on-one on both Dustin Byfuglien’s winner in last night’s 2-1 overtime loss at Chicago and by Jonathan Toews in the second period, though Henrik Lundqvist managed to kick out his right pad to stone Toews. He played 14:32 against the Blackhawks - paired again with Wade Redden, who returned after five games out due to a shoulder injury - the least amount of ice time among the six defensemen. Heikkinen played two games after being recalled from the Wolf Pack and coach John Tortorella has mentioned several times Heikkinen needs work positionally, he likes Heikkinen’s desire to use his body against the opponents.

Financially, Gilroy signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million so this gives the Rangers, tight against the salary cap, a little wiggle room.

The Rangers, who arrived in early this morning from Chicago, are not skating today but will be back on the ice tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Click here for more. What do you folks think of this? I know that as a rookie, there will always be bumps along the way but he got caught flat footed on last night’s OT goal and has not looked as confident with or without the puck. Hopefully, this will make him take a step back and realize that the NHL isn’t as easy as it seems sometimes.

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Satisfying Start

Good morning folks. I apologize for not having blogged anything Rangers yesterday but I was busy last night at the New York Islanders’ game as part of their media staff. I know, I know…I’m a Rangers fan but if I want to make it in the game as a writer, I have to go with whoever is going to take a chance on me. Plus, it was great to see phenom John Tavares pick up his first two points in the NHL (1g, 1a).

With that said, however, it was nice to see the New York Rangers post a 5-spot on the board last night in defeating the Ottawa Senators. In catching the Rangers in 60 when I got home into the wee hours of the morning, it was nice to see Marian Gaborik pick up a couple of points in his home debut and see players such as Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto, Vinny Prospal and of course, Henrik Lundqvist, all play a key role in the team’s first win of the season.

In his first two games of the season, Dubinsky already has four points (2g, 2a). I know that he got off to an extremely hot start last season but may be this season, he’ll be more consistent given the players he is playing with.

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Gilroy: Rangers’ Best Offensive-Defenseman?

When the New York Rangers signed Hobey Baker Award winner and defenseman Matt Gilroy last April, many Ranger fans and pundits alike wondered whether or not he would live up to his billing and become the offensive-defenseman the team has longed for since Brian Leetch was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004.

In pre-season, it’s safe to say that Gilroy has lived up to his billing and has even given the Blueshirts more than they thought they were going to get. He’s put up a few points, has not been afraid to rush the puck, has made some solid defensive plays and plays real heads up hockey. What more could you want in a defenseman?

It’s safe to say that Gilroy is going to make this team. With that in mind, I want to hear your thoughts on the following questions regarding the young defenseman:

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Youngsters looking good

The New York Rangers may have dropped their second straight game in pre-season (3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils) but they certainly got impressive performances from some of their youngsters, in particularly defensemen Matt Gilroy and Michael Del Zotto and goaltender Chad Johnson.

It’s nice to see a Ranger blueliner who is not afraid to rush the puck up the ice, show some moves and put the puck on the net. The goal he scored to make it a 2-1 game should show the Blueshirt brass that he has the poise and determination to create offense, something the team has been missing since it lost Brian Leetch in 2004.

Del Zotto also had a strong performance, even showing that he’s not afraid to go deep in the offensive zone in a four-on-four situation. He’s constantly looking to create offense and that is something that head coach John Tortorella likes to see from both young defensemen Gilroy and Del Zotto.

“They make subtle plays,” Tortorella told Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants after the game. “It’s not just always off the glass and giving it back to the other team. They’re looking to make a play out of the end zone so we have control. They’ve done a good job in a lot of minutes that we’ve given them the past couple of games.”

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Gilroy Signs with Rangers - Update

From SNYRangersBlog.com:

“A source close to SNYRangersblog.com has learned that Matt Gilroy, Hobey Baker Award winner (college hockey’s top player) from Boston University, is close to signing with the New York Rangers.

A call was placed to Gilroy’s agent, Kent Hughes, and he said that nothing has been signed yet and could not confirm whether or not the Blueshirts had signed him to a contract.

We are also in the midst of contacting the Rangers to see what’s going on with the situation.”

Click here for more news on Gilroy.

Update: ESPN is reporting that Gilroy signed with the Blueshirts.

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