LongIsland native—-and former Ranger defenseman—Matt Gilroy has agreed to deal with AHL Whale
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) October 5, 2012
Larry Brooks at the NY Post adds that Gilroy will presumably sign with the Rangers after the lockout.
Can you say insurance if the Rangers can't re-sign Del Zotto?
While Gilroy wasn't terrible during his time with the Rangers, actually, one could argue he was their best defenseman against the Capitals in playoffs back in 2011, he has proved since leaving the Rangers that he's not a top six NHL defenseman. Hope they get something done with Del Zotto when new CBA takes effect.
It's hard to have any qualms with his addition. He knows the organization and by all accounts is not problematic from a character perspective. And with Erixon gone and McIlrath injured the Whale are in serious need of help on the defensive end. In fact, here is a scary but real situation; should we actually have an NHL season and should a Rangers defenseman get hurt, Sean Collins and Mike Vernace are the best options we currently have in the AHL as call-ups. Even with his faults and shortcomings, I would gladly welcome a two-way, NHL contract for Gilroy if those are the alternatives.