Per Elliotte Friedman, the New York Rangers have signed veteran defenseman Jarred Tinordi for two years with an AAV of $900k. This is clearly a depth move to add to the team’s toughness. Tinordi will likely be one of the defensemen competing for the role as the seventh d-man, stepping into the role that once belonged to Brendan Smith.
Tinordi to NYR, 2x$900K— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021
Tinordi, 29, is a 6-foot-6 bruising defenseman that has spent more time in the AHL than the NHL in the last five years. He joins the Rangers with 102 games of NHL experience and 397 games of AHL experience. In those 102 games in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators, and Boston Bruins, he has 123 penalty minutes.
Honestly, it’s hard to think of Tinordi contributing to New York in any significant way beyond being a big physical presence. He’s a former first-round pick (22nd overall, 2010 Draft) but, at this stage of his career, he’s just not an effective NHL defenseman. He doesn’t bring much to the table beyond intimidation and intangibles.
He’s also got a history with Tom Wilson, so there’s that too.