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The Rangers Gave $6.6 Million to a Guy Who Hasn’t Scored a Goal Since 2006

The Rangers, undeterred as always by the presence of a salary cap, have signed Derek Boogaard to a four-year contract worth $1.65 per year. Boogaard's an excellent fighter — though he's only dropped the gloves nine times in each of the previous two seasons — and that's about it. He hasn't scored a goal since his rookie year in 2005–06; we are not sure he owns a stick. (By the way, Jody Shelley — a capable fighter himself — landed in Philadelphia for $3 million over three years.) Almost makes the two-year, $2.8 million contract they gave last summer to Donald Brashear seem fiscally responsible, doesn't it?

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