The Rangers made a move today before the league’s mandated Olympic trade feeze and acquired veteran tough guy Jody Shelley from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional draft pick.
Shelley, 34, is in the last year of his contract which pays him $725,000. In 517 career games, Shelley has 14 goals and 29 assists with 1310 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 225 lb. bruiser is expected to fill the role that the club had hoped Donald Brashear would fill when he was signed over the summer.
The pick that was sent to San Jose is a sixth rounder in 2011, if Shelley re-signs with the Rangers it will become a fifth round pick.
With the acquisitions of Brandon Prust from Calgary two weeks ago and Shelley today, it looks like the Rangers careers’ of Donald Brashear and Aaron Voros both may be coming to an end in the very near future.
The official release can be found here.