"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.
The Long Island native wasn't going to fit with the New York Islanders, as the 24 year old was seeking upwards of $3 million a season and wanted to play for a "big market" franchise.
The Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Brian Burke's Toronto Maple Leafs were in the derby; but it's the New York Rangers that will claim the Hobey Baker winner.
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.