Rangers to Meet With Mike Reilly Tomorrow

Elliotte Friedman reports that the Rangers, among others, will meet with pending UFA defenseman Mike Reilly tomorrow.

Reilly, who turns 22 next month, is eligible to be an UFA this summer, as he’s played one season of Junior A hockey and three seasons of college hockey after being drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2011.

In his junior season at the University of Minnesota, Reilly tallied 6 goals and 36 assists in 39 games, leading his team in points as a defenseman. After his college season was complete, he played 10 games for the United States at the World Championships.

The Rangers have had success in recent seasons in recruiting highly sought-after college UFAs. They successfully signed Matt Gilroy and Kevin Hayes and were among the finalists for Justin Schultz and Matt O’Connor.

The Rangers have 6 NHL defensemen under contract next season, but with nearly $26 million in cap space committed to the six, I maintain something has got to give. I would advocate trading Kevin Klein after a banner year for him, moving McDonagh to the right side permanently, and leaving the left side third pairing open for Reilly to battle with his U of M teammate Brady Skjei, should he find the opportunity appealing.

One comment

  1. Paul says:

    Reilly is fine but would much rather they went after forwards Hampus Gustafsson and Ty Loney big guys who could make a difference on our forward lines