For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. And this time around we started with the high numbers and are up to #94, Derek Boogaard.
#94's #s: 22 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, Even, 45 PIM.
Take the good: Boogaard snapped a 234 game goalless streak with a wide open, wobbling slapshot that beat Michal Neuvirth short side back in November. But he wasn't being paid $1.625 million this season to score, he was paid to be a pugilist and Hockeyfights has his fighting record at 4-2-1.
Take the bad: Not a single bout that Boogaard took part in was for any other reason but to justify his paycheck. He didn't defend his teammates, he didn't try to spark them or to spark the crowd. He averaged 4:32 of ice time as a pathetic sideshow who couldn't skate. He took a big punch from Matt Carkner in the beginning of December and was never heard from again. Brandon Prust - a top grinder and penalty killer - just had to undergo surgery on his shoulder having been forced into the enforcer role by Boogey's absence.
Take them both and then we have: A waste of a Ranger jersey and another failed free agent signing by Glen Sather. The era of the goon was long gone before Glen gave Boogey his deal and we have three more seasons of this lumbering loser.