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04-15-2014, 07:54 AM
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Rangers Sign College UFA Mat Bodie (D - Union)

"#NYR College free agent defenseman Mat Bodie's agent, Brian Bartlett, confirms to ESPN that his client has agreed to a deal with Rangers"

https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN/...52168987258880

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39 points (8 goals) in 40 games with Union this season.

https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN/...52835256635392

"#NYR Bodie's entry-level deal begins next yr. He'll stay at Union College this spring to finish his degree. WIll join Rangers for dev. camp"

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Nice, I was hoping they'd continue to sign a couple of players.

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anyone have a scouting report on this kid?

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Good signing. Link below has info on Bodie and other college free agents signed so far including Haggerty and McCarthy.

http://www.unitedstatesofhockey.com/...-tracker-2014/


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He looked good in the few games I've seen him play.

I didn't know he was that old (24). He's older than Kreider, Stepan and Moore.

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age could help this guy. I love these signings especially with trading away picks. Keep em coming. Have to replenish the farm cause CT was rather crappy this yr.

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Not that I'm trying to make a comparison between them but this signing reminded me of Matt Gilroy, can't believe he's going to be 30 this summer.

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Another link to the world of this year's college free agents:

http://www.lastwordonsports.com/2014...s-2014-part-1/

follow the links on the bottom to parts 2-3 and 4.

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That's a really good signing. Tons of offense from the kid and can see the ice really well. He's a pure puck-moving defenseman, and we really needed that in our system. The Rangers sure do love them some defenseman that can skate.

I like this acquisition even more so than the Haggerty and McCarthy deals. The guy looked awesome in the NCAA tournament. I know he's older, but he's certainly not getting by on physical strength.

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This guy is a bit older ... Hope he pans out somewhat well should he make It with the A or NHL or something

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Interesting to see NYR have adopted close to an at all costs/as many as can
mentality when it comes to UFA since the MSL trade.

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Thats what they should do when trading so many picks. Good on them.

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Yeah, gotta stock the prospect cupboard somehow. They basically just signed the equivalent of 3 picks from round 2-4. Not a bad way to go about things.

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Interesting to see NYR have adopted close to an at all costs/as many as can
mentality when it comes to UFA since the MSL trade.
There's been a lot lately but the Rangers have been doing this for years now. Sometimes it works out very well for us (Girardi) and sometimes the players flop. They are losing nothing but Dolan's money so it's not like it matters.

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He fits the way they want to play. High IQ, good with the puck. Puck possession as opposed to running around chasing. It will be interesting to see him at Development Camp as he is quite a bit older.

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Must be on cloud 9. Captained his team to a Division I NCAA Championship and then signs with the New York Rangers.

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He's a bit old to be considered making up for lost draft picks, but if NYR don't resign Syvret, Johnson, and Falk, Hartford will need decent defensemen.

Baker and Bodie are certainly offensive upgrades over the Lee Baldwins of the world.

I'm thrilled that Sather is committed to scouting and mining the NCAA, though.

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He's a bit old to be considered making up for lost draft picks, but if NYR don't resign Syvret, Johnson, and Falk, Hartford will need decent defensemen.

Baker and Bodie are certainly offensive upgrades over the Lee Baldwins of the world.

I'm thrilled that Sather is committed to scouting and mining the NCAA, though.
Between Allen, McIlrath and now Bodie, they should be okay depth wise in the AHL for players who can fill in if need be or make the team out of camp.

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I"m on board with this, good college player, better AHL depth than Dan Syvret, plus he and Mcilrath can talk about growing up in Winnipeg

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What does he do well? What does he do poorly?

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Sounds like he has a high hockey IQ but 165lbs and a dman? that is small, he needs to go on xome kind of weight mgt. n bulk up. how old is he again?

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Signing 3 college ufa's is a good move by the rangers. They've traded picks. In my mind they essentially are signing guys that basically you could look at as having "drafted" and developing in the last 4 years in the NCAA. But even better these guys matured physically and mentally and weren't draft worthy before, but now may be ahead of some of the kids that actually got drafted in the years they were eligible.

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Sounds like he has a high hockey IQ but 165lbs and a dman? that is small, he needs to go on xome kind of weight mgt. n bulk up. how old is he again?
He's 24. He put up a point per game last year.

Mathew Bodie
Defense -- shoots L
Born Mar 7 1990 -- East St. Paul, MAN
[24 yrs. ago]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 165 [183 cm/75 kg]


2010-11 Union College ECAC 40 6 26 32 +27
2011-12 Union College ECAC 39 8 21 29 +18
2012-13 Union College ECAC 35 6 18 24 +11
2013-14 Union College ECAC 40 8 31 39 +28


His brother Kyle Bodie plays in the ECHL for the Toledo Walleye


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Because he's 24, his entry-level deal will be only for one year. He'll be UFA eligible after three seasons.

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I guess I'll have to cheer for you guys if he ever makes it to the big club. Incredible to see a friend from high school go this far.

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