Is this REALLY necessary? Derek Boogaard? No one is going to be fooled into thinking that the Rangers are going to use him for his puck posession quality (face it the guy hasn't scored a goal since Janurary 7, 2006.
Yes that is right Janurary 7, 2006 was the last time that enforcer Derek Boogaard has scored a goal in the NHL. He's played in over 200 games since then yet the New York Rangers felt they needed to sign him to a 4-year deal worth $6,500,000. That is a cap hit of around $1,600,000 a year.
Mike Modano $1,750,000
Kris Draper $1,583,333
Darren Helm $912,500
Justin Abdelkader $787,500
Partick Eaves $750,000
Ruslan Salei $1,100,000
Jimmy Howard $716,666
Even Chris Osgood is being paid only $1,416,667 and guess what - he's scored more recently that Derek Boogaard.
Anyway enough on that rant. The Rangers don't care what I think of their over paying for Boogaard.
The projected line combinations for the game tonight as the Rangers host the Red Wings is as follows:
Staal / Del Zotto
Rozsival / Sauer
Valentenko / Gilroy
Johan Franzen - Valtteri Filppula - Todd Bertuzzi
Jiri Hudler - Justin Abdelkader - Drew Miller
Mattias Ritola - Darren Helm - Patrick Eaves
Joakim Andersson - Corey Emmerton - Jan Mursak
Niklas Kronwall / Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl / Brian Rafalski
Doug Janik / Brendan Smith
Jimmy Howard (start)