Written By: Mike Ulatoski

The San Jose Sharks have traded enforcer Jody Shelley to the New York Rangers in exchange for a draft pick.

The 34-year-old Shelley racked up 78 penalty minutes in 36 games for the Sharks this season, while adding three assists. In 517 NHL games, Shelley has 43 points and 1310 penalty minutes.

The Rangers just waived enforcer Donald Brashear and wasted no time in filling that need.  However, New York has another enforcer in Aaron Voros already, plus Brandon Prust who came over with Olli Jokinen; I don’t see why the Rangers would dress three every night.  Glen Sather continues to attempt to improve the overall toughness of this team.  With just 22 games remaining, it is too late for that.  Grit and toughness is more of a necessity on defense more than it is at forward.  Maybe Sather has a trade in the works for after the Olympics that involves Voros.  Other than that, I don’t think it makes much sense in terms of the direction this team should be going in.  More scoring.  Not more fights.