After just five seasons in the NHL, Matt Gilroy is on his way to Russia.
Gilroy has left the Florida organization to join KHL club Atlant Moscow Oblast, the team announced on Thursday. The move comes on the heels of a season in which Gilroy only made 16 appearances for the Panthers, spending the majority of his time with AHL San Antonio.
The 29-year-old rearguard, who won the Hobey Baker and NCAA championship in 2009 with Boston University, was once a highly sought-after collegiate free agent that inked a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Rangers right out of school. He was allowed to walk following his stint with the Blueshirts and followed that up with is best season in 2011-12, when he scored 20 points in 67 games while splitting time between Ottawa and Tampa Bay.
From there, though, Gilroy has struggled to stay in an NHL lineup. He had an unsuccessful return to the Rangers last season and was a non-factor in Florida this year.
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The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.