When the Philadelphia Flyers announced they had signed brawler Jody Shelley(notes) to a three-year deal with $1.1 million per season, the natural inclination may have been to giggle about the Flyers once again being the team that stockpiles goons and has questionable goaltending.
Just. Like. The. Last. Twenty. Years.
Ah, but those giggles would be misplaced, friends; their home is actually in Madison Square Garden.
As general manager Paul Holmgren lured away a serviceable fourth-line pugilist from the New York Rangers. GM Glen Sather's reaction was to sign former Minnesota Wild brawler Derek Boogaard(notes) to a four-year (!) deal for $1.65 million per season.
The reaction from Rangers media? Larry Brooks of the NY Post Tweets: "Boogaard/Rangers=Finger/Maple Leafs. Or worse. Inexplicable."
The reaction from Rangers fans? Well, Nick Montemagno isn't alone in his thoughts on the Rangers Tribune:
This is Donald Brashear(notes) all over again but even worse. Boogaard has recorded just 14 total points over the course of five seasons in the National Hockey League and has not scored a goal in the last four years. So now Sather has made one of the best signings of the day (Biron) as well as the worst (Boogaard) in the matter of three hours.
The only thing "Boogy" brings to the table is size, strength, and fists (105 PIMs last season with Minnesota). He has absolutely no offense, he cannot skate, and not much hockey sense whatsoever. Do not get me wrong, Boogaard is one of the top enforcers out there, but for $1.65 million he will just be wasting cap room.
Scotty Hockey would like the signing of this fighter for the next four years better if, you know, he fought:
It would be alright that Boogaard hasn't scored a goal in four years if he was a big fighter but he had just nine fight majors last season - not enough to rank in the top 40 tough guys in the league. Sure he went 8-1-1 according to Hockey Fights but who cares? The guy plays three out of every four games, skates just over six minutes per game and adds nothing offensively. Sounds just about right for someone getting a four-year contract worth $1.65 million per. Right?