About a half hour ago it was announced that Jody Shelley had signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for three years at $1.1 million per. Although I wanted him back, he was not worth that much, not for a 34 year old fighter whose best days are behind him.
With Shelley off the market, the Rangers then went and locked up Derek Boogaard, for four years at $1.65 million per. This is a decent signing by the Rangers, as Boogaard is one of the scariest, and is perhaps the most feared enforcer in the league. He stands 6’8” and will almost be seven feet tall on skates. He also weights 257 pounds. He is a massive physical specimen who runs a fighting school in his hometown. In other words, he knows what he is doing.
Boogaard is also six years younger than Shelley, and is a much better fighter. Just look him up on Youtube, and see some of his utter destruction of opponents.
The money may be a little high, but overall, I like it. No one will be running into Henrik Lundvist this season without paying the price. Stop crying, Rangers fans. Just stop.
And this is just awesome: