Saturday, December 12, 2009

Down Goes Gilroy

The Rangers used to have just 4 players on the active roster with a positive Plus-minus statistic. Now they have three: Gaborik, Prospal, and Avery

What happened to the fourth? The Rangers have demoted Matt Gilroy (+2) to Hartford and have decided to keep Heikkinen after all as their 6th defenseman.
The Rangers are saying this is not a knee-jerk reaction to Matt getting beat for the game winner Wednesday – that Matt's game had deteriorated and it's many things over many games – not just this one moment.
But I don't think so. I think that Sather and Tortorella are just about out of moves and this is one thing they can do – demote a player who has a few options left and can bounce up and down to the AHL without waivers.
Look. Gilly might not be lighting the world on fire in his rookie season. But someone please explain to me why (-8) Del Zotto and (-6) Girardi and (1) Rozsival and (+0) Redden get to stay while Gilroy doesn't?
I try to be positive here, but I'm sorry. It makes no sense to me.

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