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Lightning add ex-Rangers defenseman Gilroy

Saturday, 07.02.2011 / 11:45 AM / NHL Free Agency 2011

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Lightning add ex-Rangers defenseman Gilroy
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed former college hockey star Matt Gilroy to a one-year contract.

Gilroy has played for the New York Rangers the past two seasons. The defenseman had 4 goals and 15 points in his rookie campaign and 3 goals and 11 points in 58 games last season.

Gilroy signed with the Rangers as undrafted free agent after a decorated career at Boston University. He was a sought-after property after winning the Hobey Baker Award and a national championship in his senior season with the Terriers in 2008-09.

He will turn 27 years old later this month. Gilroy also represented the United States in the 2010 world championships, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist in six games. He had 1 goal in five playoff games for the Rangers this past season.
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