Derek Boogaard, Feared Enforcer: Signs With New York Rangers

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2010

About half an hour ago it was announced that Jody Shelley had signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for three years at $1.1 million per year. Although I wanted him back with the New York Rangers, he was not worth that much money, not for a 34-year-old fighter whose best days are behind him.

With Shelley off the market, the Rangers then went and locked up Derek Boogaard for four years at $1.65 million per season. This is a decent signing by the Rangers, as Boogaard is one of the scariest, and perhaps most feared enforcer in the league.

Boogaard stands at 6’8”, making him almost seven-feet tall on skates. He also weights 257 pounds. He is a massive physical specimen who also runs a fighting school in his hometown. In other words, he knows what he is doing.

Boogaard is also six years younger than Shelley, and is a much better fighter. Just look him up on YouTube, and see some of his utter destruction of opponents.

The money may be a little much, but overall, I like the move. No one will be running into Henrik Lundqvist this season without paying a steep price.

Stop crying, Rangers fans. Just stop.

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