As I reported in the pregame post, Darren Dreger of TSN has confirmed on Twitter that the New York Rangers have acquired 34-year-old enforcer Jody Shelley from the Sharks just before today's Olympic Roster Freeze.
The Sharks receive a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2011, which changes to a fifth round pick if the Blueshirts choose to re-sign the bruiser come July. Shelley is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and is currently earning $725,000.
This acquisition, in my mind, definitely marks the end of the brief Donald Brashear-era here in New York. Brashear, who was making $1.4 million per year, passed through waivers earlier this afternoon and is now a part of the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).
Now I can understand where GM Glen Sather is going with this move, as he continues to attempt to improve the overall toughness of this team. But with just 22 games remaining, is it a bit too late for that? The grit and toughness is more of a necessity on defense more than it is at forward right now.
Yet another strange move by Sather, who has now created a dog fight between Aaron Voros, Brandon Prust, and Shelley for the last enforcer spot in the lineup.
Also be sure to read my Rangers-Penguins Pregame Preview.