As something that probably isn't even deserving of its own post, the Ottawa Senators will not be bringing back impending UFA defenceman Matt Gilroy next season.
According to Bruce Garrioch, sources say the Senators have already informed defenceman Matt Gilroy he won’t be back. Dealt here at the deadline from Tampa, it didn’t work out for either side and he will move on.
I would like to think that it especially didn't work out for Gilroy since he'll hit unrestricted free agency on July 1st and because of his ineffectual play with the Lightning and Senators last season, he should have a difficult time finding an organization willing to give him a one-way contract. At least here in Ottawa, the fans and the organization will be fine moving forward; whereas Gilroy will infamously go down in Senators lore as the guy who actually made fans yearn for Brian Lee.
This year, I made the point that Gilroy is a dead ringer for Nicolas Cage. Hopefully the defenceman doesn't follow Cage's career path and leap at any offer that comes his way - otherwise, he may end up making a Season of the Witch-like decision and accept a deal to join the Maccabi Metulla Eggenbreggers.
@6thSens That guy has the makings of someone who never watched a game, but read a Sunday Sports stats page showing basic stats only.
I am confused by the comments..my guess the molson must be flowing..Gilroy is a solid defensemen that has had a very impressive plus minus in his pro career. He split the season for Tampa and the Sens...both new teams. Tampa gave up the most amount of goals in league and he had a positive ratio. ...hello...Also check out his low level of PIM....he is smarter and more disciplined that most . While he did not have an outstanding playoff in the 3 or four games he played...He is a skills player that can even play forward. My guess his hometown Islanders will pick him up. Worst trade? I think not....
@The Cup A few things:
1) Molson? Yuck.
2) Gilroy benefitted from a ridiculously high on-ice shooting percentage of 10.10% when he was on the ice with his teammates last season at 5v5.
3) Gilroy was a third pairing guy. He was shielded by playing against soft competition last season. Even still, he was only on the ice for four more 5v5 goals than goals against.
4) Low level of PIMs? For reals?
5) He can play forward. He did so on most of his shifts when he was one of the first guys out of the d-zone when the opposition turned the puck over.
@The Cup Matt Gilroy may have all the potential in the world. However, he did absolutely nothing to show his worth to the team while he was here. In the games he did play, he was often invisible on the ice; making little in the way of defensive stops and created virtually nothing on offense. (Not just talking about points, he wasn't even creating chances) The only reason to like this trade is because Brian Lee was never going to get a fair shake in Ottawa due to his draft position & comparisons to Kopitar & Staal who were passed over by Ottawa & therefore Lee gets a fresh start with a fresh set of expectations. Good for Brian Lee, bad for Ottawa. IMO Brian Lee is a superior defenseman to Matt Gilroy and I believe their careers over the next 5 years will prove that.
With 9MM having so much success this season, the Lee for Gilroy trade just may go down at Bryan Murray's worst trade ever! ba ha ha