His two previous years with the Rangers he averaged 16+ and 14+ minutes. Even and +5. Scored 15 and 11 points. In the playoffs the second year he was one of our better players.
Thus far in two games he's even. No goals allowed. Averaging 9+ minutes.
Gilroy is a good player. The blind hate is ridiculous. Yes Tampa and Ottawa put him in a larger role then he can handle in the NHL.
He's a player, not without flaws. He's a good #5-#6. Bottom pair defenseman. With controlled minutes and less on his plate he can contribute.
Good player? No, I wouldn't say that. Competent? Sure, absolutely. He wasn't good defensively in Tampa Bay, despite all the minutes he played. He started well and then reverted to what he is- an alright skater who's not that good defensively who will sometimes get assists. I'm fine with that over Bickel, but just because he had a decent two games doesn't mean I wouldn't rather have somebody better defensively to pair with Stralman.
Biron also makes it easier on our defense because he can handle the puck better than the King . That alone helps the transition game and gets it out of the zone faster . The rest will also be good for the King !