Matt Gilroy, former New York Rangers defenseman, has signed an AHL contract with the Connecticut Whale. That opens the door to an eventual return to Broadway with the Rangers, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post:
Personally, I find it quite interesting that Gilroy is effectively back in the system for the Rangers. This also puts some pressure on Michael Del Zotto, who if he is unable to reach a fair deal with the Rangers, may be shipped off in favor of returning Gilroy.
Matt Gilroy has signed AHL contract with Whale. Prodigal free agent D presumably will sign with Rangers when lockout ends.
— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) October 5, 2012
Gilroy has not quite been the NHL success story the Rangers banked on when they signed Gilroy to an entry-level contract. Gilroy, a former Hobey Baker Award recipient, has not delivered top-six NHL defenseman numbers. His three goals, 17 assists last year with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators was average. But maybe in his return to Broadway, Gilroy finds his game.
Anything is possible, and he certainly is a much better defenseman in skill than Stu Bickel. The Rangers blue line just got a little more depth.