Gilroy Inks Lucrative Deal with NY Rangers
CHN Staff Report
NEW YORK Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy has signed a lucrative free agent contract with the NHL's New York Rangers.
Gilroy, who shunned numerous offers last summer, stayed for his senior year at Boston University, and helped spearhead the Terriers' run to a national championship, will earn a reported $3.5 million over two seasons.
Gilroy, 24, turned down a serious offer from Toronto, according to reports, which has already signed college free agents Christian Hanson (Notre Dame) and Tyler Bozak (Denver). The New York Islanders, his hometown team, were not in the running because of the asking price.
According to the New York Rangers blog at Newsday.com, the presence of former BU captain and Hobey winner Chris Drury on the Rangers, helped influence Gilroy's decision.
Gilroy, the CHN Player of the Year, was the first defenseman in Hockey East history to be all-conference in three straight seasons.
Gilroy had eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in 45 games this season. His play set up the game-tying goal in the NCAA championship game with 17 seconds left in regulation. The Terriers won in overtime, 4-3 over Miami, for BU's fifth national title.