In April, the Rangers signed Union College captain Mat Bodie, 24, to a one-year deal with a cap hit of $925,000 and an AHL salary of $70,000. (Cap Geek)
Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers have been tracking Bodie throughout his college career and that he is a “character kid” who they think “adds a hard to find element to our defensive depth going forward.” (Rangers)
Gorton says that the Rangers like his skating, how he can manufacture offense and his poise with the puck. He says that the Rangers have liked him for a while because of his skill level and his character. (Rangers)
Bodie is a left hand shot and won the National Championship with Union this past spring.
2:13PM: The Rangers have announced the signing and list Bodie at 6-0, 175.
12:40PM: On twitter, Bodie said:
- Thank you to my family, friends, coaches and fans who have helped me along the way. Very excited to begin the next part of my career
- Thank you @UnionHockey for a great 4 years where I was able to develop as a player and a person
12:04PM: Julie Robenhymer writes that scouts couldn’t get past Bodie’s size of 6-0, 165 and says that he is at least 15 pounds heavier. She says that the Rangers were actually smart enough to watch him play rather than worry about his size. She adds praise for Bodie’s leadership, “offensive upside and ability to lock it down in his own end.” (Hockey Buzz)
4/15/14: 9:07AM: Katie Strang confirms with Bodie’s agent that he will sign with the Rangers.
Bodie’s contract starts next season and he will remain at Union to finish his degree. He will first join the Rangers at development camp in the first week of July. (Strang)
4/14/14: 6:32PM: The Rangers are closing in on signing Mat Bodie, an offensive defenseman from NCAA Champs Union College. (Katie Strang)
Bodie, a senior at Union, had 8 goals and 31 assists in 40 games this season.
- He was the captain for Union this season.
“If #Rangers sign Mat Bodie that’s quite a coup. He’s a lot better than Matt Gilroy was, but still not an #NHL lock. Love his offense, shot.” (Sportsology)
In his career at Union, Bodie had 28 goals and 96 assists.
Bodie, a left shot, is 6-0 and from Manitoba is someone who deflects praise onto his teammates. (Winnipeg Sun)
Bodie, and his defense partner-Philly draft pick Shayne Gostisbehere, are described as “sleek, nimble machines who pose a different danger factor to their opponents.” (ESPN)
Bodie, 24, would not be eligible for the playoffs.
Chris Peters says that Bodie is one of the better offensive defensemen in the NCAA and has been a “force” at Union. Described as a “terrific skater with quickness throughout the ice” and has a “good, quick release on his shot.” Peters says that there are concerns about his size but the same things were wondered about Bruins defenseman Torey Krug. (USOH)
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