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Panthers’ Gilroy signs in KHL

Jun 26, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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After just five seasons in the NHL, Matt Gilroy is on his way to Russia.

Gilroy has left the Florida organization to join KHL club Atlant Moscow Oblast, the team announced on Thursday. The move comes on the heels of a season in which Gilroy only made 16 appearances for the Panthers, spending the majority of his time with AHL San Antonio.

The 29-year-old rearguard, who won the Hobey Baker and NCAA championship in 2009 with Boston University, was once a highly sought-after collegiate free agent that inked a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Rangers right out of school. He was allowed to walk following his stint with the Blueshirts and followed that up with is best season in 2011-12, when he scored 20 points in 67 games while splitting time between Ottawa and Tampa Bay.

From there, though, Gilroy has struggled to stay in an NHL lineup. He had an unsuccessful return to the Rangers last season and was a non-factor in Florida this year.

  1. DED - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Despite all the praise for his hockey smarts/skills that I heard given to him by NYR announcers (he was supposed to have better offensive smarts than Del Zotto), he never seemed to connect when he was with the Rangers. Was it a Tortorella thing? Tortz was on record saying how he didn’t want to screw up Kreider, a higher profile kid. I wonder if something similar happened with Gilroy.

    Oh well. Good luck in the KHL.

    • stakex - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Gilroy was simply over rated when he first came on the scene.

      I know its become a sport in of itself to blame Torts for absolutely everything that didn’t pan out in NY, but Staal/Girardi/McD/Del Z all thrived while he was behind the bench. Stralman also had the first really good year of his career last year under Torts. It wasn’t him.

      • barkar942 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Torts is the reason they made it to the finals this year. The remaining core of players that AV inherited had all “gone through the process” and “learned how to play the game without the puck”. (Kreider still needs a little work on that, but seemed to be improving as the year went on). Stralman even said he was where he was because of what he learned from Torts! And did anyone else notice how good at back checking guys like Zuc and Nash have become?
        Thank you to John Tortorella.

      • DED - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Over rated. Ok. Wasn’t looking to blame Tortz. Just looking for an explanation. Hobey Baker curse mentioned below seems as good as any.

  2. avscup - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    The Hobey Baker curse! Since 1981, only Broten, Kariya, Drury, Ryan Miller, & Jordan Leopold have done much in the NHL.

    • pfhockey - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      And St.Louis a finalist for a few years. lol

    • alicesrightfootesq - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Brendan Morrison

      • avscup - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        I don’t think you can mention him in the same sentence as the others. No offense but not even close

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Just 5 years in the NHL?

    Is that bad or am I missing something?

    • barkar942 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      5 years consisting of being a starter to being a healthy scratch 7th man to being allowed to walk to signing with Tampa and being traded to Ottawa to being resigned by the Rangers to play the 7th man healthy man to being excited to get back in the lineup and when he did he would make a mistake or take a penalty and be benched to playing mostly in the AHL last year. Always liked him, but I always felt that he should have switched to wing. Not quite big enough to play defense, but had some great offensive skills. I personally wish him the best of luck.

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