On Sunday, I speculated that Jeff Gorton would extend a professional tryout to at least one player before training camp, and made three suggestions on who would help the Rangers next season. According to Larry Brooks, the Ranges have invited a player of a different skill set to training camp:
Bobby Farnham, 28 yo LW who played 50 with NJD two years ago (8-2=10 then and 67-game NHL career) will attend Rangers camp on PTO— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) August 22, 2017
Instead of seeking out a skilled, defensively responsible forward to possibly plug a hole in the bottom six, Gorton has elected to aid Alain Vigneault’s quest to find a replacement for Tanner Glass by inviting Bobby Farnham to training camp.
Farnham spent four seasons playing for Brown University from 2008-2012 and spent the next year bouncing around the AHL and ECHL, with stops in Providence, Worcester, Wheeling, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before signing a two way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013.
Farnham has spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL, racking up 28 goals, 39 assists, and 809 penalty minutes in 268 regular season games, adding zero points and 50 penalty minutes in 30 Calder Cup Playoff games. For those of you keeping score at home, that adds up to 12.82 penalty minutes for every point Farnham has scored in the American Hockey League. He’s also had brief stints in the NHL with Pittsburgh, New Jersey, and Montreal, where he’s notched 8 goals, 2 assists, and 138 penalty minutes in 67 contests.
Farnham’s most known for being suspended for four games during the 15-16 season for interfering with Dmitrij Jaskin of the St. Louis Blues:
Overall, inviting Bobby Farnham to training camp is a head scratching move without any real justification. The Rangers could always use more bodies to play in pre-season games and avoid risking injuries to key players, but there are still better options on the market. The odds of Farnham cracking the opening night roster are slim to none, so the chances of it coming back to bite New York are minimal.