With Free Agency already underway, the Panthers have been quite active re-signing RFA Shawn Matthias, UFA Joey Crab, Jesse Winchester, and trading tough guy George Parros to MTL. In addition to these three signings and trades, the Florida Panthers announced Monday afternoon that they inked New York Rangers defenseman, Matt Gilroy.
Gilroy is an undrafted defenseman who played for Boston University and was named the Hobey Baker Winner in 2009, which goes to the “Most Outstanding NCAA Hockey Player”. A week later, Gilroy signed a 2-year deal with the New York Rangers where he went on to play 127 games in 2 seasons with the Blue Shirts, (later returning for a 3rd season in 2012-2013). In 2011, the 6’2 205 lbs. puck moving defenseman signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he saw his best season tallying 17 points in 53 games. Gilroy has spent a lot of his pro career bouncing back and forth between AHL and NHL teams, including the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, and the Ottawa Senators. In 209 career NHL games, Gilroy has notched a mere 46 points (10g-36a-46p) and 61 PIMs. At just 28-years-old a scene change could prove to be exactly what Gilroy needs to better establish himself at the pro level.
Gilroy signs a 1-year, two-way deal with the Panthers.
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