"I grew up under two miles from Nassau Coliseum and my uncle used to work there, so I used to skate there. I've never actually been to a Ranger game. Maybe I'd have to say I'm an Islanders fan?" -- Matt Gilroy, Boston University defenseman
The quote above was from Leahy's Frozen Four preview interview with Matt Gilroy, perhaps the most coveted college hockey free agent on the market.
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Gilroy isn't eligible to play in the postseason, but his skating ability and maturity are going to benefit a Rangers blue line that was problematic this season. And with Brian Burke on a Borg-like mission to assimilate any and all standout free agents, it's a coup for the Rangers to have won this derby -- and at a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.
Wonder how the fans in Boston will treat him next season? Well, the non-Boston College fans; we know their deal.