FLYERS LOSE OUT ON GILROY
The Flyers really wanted Hobey Baker-winning defenseman Matt Gilroy, and by all accounts, Gilroy really wanted to come to Philadelphia.
So, why did he sign a free agent deal with the New York Rangers Friday?
How about a contract where the salary was twice that of what the Flyers offered.
According to a source close to the negotiations, the Flyers offered Gilroy a 2-year, $1.8 million deal, but he took a two-year $3.5 million deal from the Blue shirts instead.
Also, the New York deal is a one-way contract, meaning Gilroy has to play on the NHL roster next season or else be subject to waiver rules.
The source said the Flyers were one of three finalists in the race for Gilroy. Toronto was the other team.
Gilroy, 24, captained Boston University to the NCAA championship last week and because of his age was eligible to a free agent deal and didn’t have to have his offer limited to the terms of an entry-level deal.
A late-bloomer, Gilroy grew six inches and added nearly 100 pounds since his eligible draft year in 2003.
He was scouted heavily by every NHL team and most had interest in signing him this week.
Gilroy narrowed his teams to three earlier this week before finalizing the deal with the Rangers Friday afternoon.