Micheal Haley
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The New York Rangers have invited former San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley to training camp in the hopes he can fill a void as a preseason enforcer. 

On Wednesday, Rick Carpiniello, the New York Rangers beat writer for The Athletic, reported the club has invited forward Micheal Haley to training camp.

Haley, 33, split time between the Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks last season, appearing in 43 games. The center is known for his aggressiveness on the ice, tallying 637 penalty minutes in his 10-year career.

The invite serves a dual purpose, the first of which is to deploy some toughness on the ice. Secondly, it might serve as a wake-up call to Brendan Lemieux. The restricted free agent has yet to sign a contract as he appears to be holding out for a better offer other than the qualifying offer he received from general manager Jeff Gorton at the beginning of the summer.

The Rangers need to get Lemieux signed and into training camp, so perhaps the teams are trying an old fashion scare tactic to get Lemieux and his agent, former New Jersey Devil and father, Claude Lemieux, to get a deal completed.

Haley has appeared in 248 career games, registering 10 goals with 31 points.

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