The New York Rangers have decided that the added leadership and toughness that Cody McLeod provided down the stretch last season is worth another go, and have signed the veteran forward to a one-year contract. No financial details have been released yet.
McLeod, 34, has played 738 regular season games in the NHL including 25 for the Rangers last season. The team claimed him off waivers from the Nashville Predators and played him regularly down the stretch. While New York is trying to become younger and quicker, McLeod should provide at least some level of professional accountability to the inexperienced prospects as they try to develop on the fly. He also gives the team a physical presence in the bottom six and a (perhaps only perceived) measure of protection against unwanted attacks on the team’s more skilled players.
What he doesn’t offer, is any measure of offensive production. McLeod has just 126 points in his long career, and registered just four of those last season in 48 games. He’s a brutal possession player, but won’t be asked to play the puck much during his stay in New York. Instead, he’ll likely be a part-time player that is only asked to hit the ice for 7-9 minutes a game whenever he does dress.