Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rangers beef up with Shelley

Before yesterday's 3 PM Olympic deadline, the Rangers beefed up by adding vet heavy Jody Shelley by acquiring him from San Jose in exchange for a conditional 2011 sixth round pick. If they opt to re-sign the proven scrapper who avenged a loss to ex-Ranger Colton Orr by KO-ing him with a right last week.

In his ninth season, the 34 year-old has made a living with his fists accumulating 1,310 penalty minutes in 517 career games with Columbus and San Jose, including over 200 PIM three consecutive seasons ('01-02 thru '03-04) with the Blue Jackets where his career started. The Manitoba native is a decent skater who actually can take a regular shift if needed unlike unreliable Donald Brashear, who's a shadow of the player he was several years ago. This despite his claims that he's better than Orr, who's doing just fine in Toronto. Huggy Bear cleared waivers and reported to Hartford where he'll likely debut tonight.

In 36 games this season, Shelley has three assists and 78 PIM. At least he should provide the Rangers with a legit heavyweight so newly acquired Brandon Prust doesn't have to move up in weight and take on Andrew Peters next time the Rangers meet the Devils on March 10. While it's a decent move, you have to wonder why the lack of trust in Dane Byers, who did nothing wrong in his brief stint even scoring a goal in a loss to the Wild. We'll leave that for the organization.

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