The Rangers have just confirmed published reports that they have signed free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy, who just led Boston University to an NCAA title and won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college player.
The deal is for a reported two years between $4-5 million.
Gilroy is not eligible for this year's postseason but does give the team plenty of blue-line flexibility for next season, particularly with Derek Morris and Paul Mara headed toward unrestricted free agency.
The Rangers have approximately $41 million committed to nine players for next season so they need to give themselves some financial flexibility. Could be they let Morris and/or Mara go (Morris will likely command more on the open market) and try to find a trade partner to take Michal Rozsival, with the notion that they're not going to be able to trade Wade Redden's contract.
Their stable of young defense prospects includes, in addition to Long Island's Gilroy, New Jersey's Bobby Sanguinetti and Michael Del Zotto, both first-round picks and Mike Sauer and Corey Potter, both who had brief stints with the Rangers this season.
The caveat is coach John Tortorella's assertion that it takes about 250 NHL games for a young defenseman to comfortably develop.