About half an hour ago it was announced that Jody Shelley had signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for three years at $1.1 million per year. Although I wanted him back with the New York Rangers, he was not worth that much money, 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 season. This is a decent signing by the Rangers, as Boogaard is one of the scariest, and perhaps most feared enforcer in the league.
Boogaard stands at 6’8”, making him almost seven-feet tall on skates. He also weights 257 pounds. He is a massive physical specimen who also 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 much, but overall, I like the move. No one will be running into Henrik Lundqvist this season without paying a steep price.
Stop crying, Rangers fans. Just stop.
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