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Gilroy demoted to AHL

Updated: December 10, 2009, 8:04 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers rookie defenseman Matt Gilroy is heading to the minor leagues for the first time.

Gilroy, last season's Hobey Baker winner as college player of the year, was the surprising choice to be sent to Hartford of the AHL on Thursday. He is second among NHL rookie defensemen with four goals and is tied for seventh with six points in 30 games.

He has gone four games without a point and was on the ice for both Blackhawks goals in New York's 2-1 overtime loss at Chicago ...

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