• Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    2014 Rangers Free-Agent Signings

    Derick Brassard, Center (Re-Signed by Rangers)

    On Sunday, July 27 the New York Rangers announced that they have agreed to terms with Derick Brassard and have re-signed the restricted free agent.

    • During the 2006 NHL Draft, the Canadian center was drafted 6th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    • The center tallied 18 goals and 27 assists during the 2013-14 season for the Blueshirts.
    • Brassard added 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 23 games during the Rangers' Stanley Cup Final run.

    • In 403 career games, he has recorded 225 points (81 goals, 144 assists).

    Chris Kreider, Left Wing (Re-Signed by Rangers)

    The Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent Chris Kreider and re-signed the winger on July 23.

    • The American left wing was drafted 19th overall by the New York Rangers during the 2009 NHL Draft.

    • The winger recorded 17 goals and 20 assists during New York's 2013-14 campaign.
    • Kreider went on to record 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 15 appearances during the Rangers' Stanley Cup Final run.

    • In 89 career games for New York, he has tallied 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) and is a plus-13.

    Mats Zuccarello, Right Wing (Re-Signed by Rangers)

    The Rangers re-signed their leading scorer from the 2013-14 season, inking restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello on July 22.

    • The diminutive Norweigan winger recorded 19 goals and 30 assists in 2013-14.

    • He added 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 25 games during the Rangers' Stanley Cup Final run.
    • Zuccarello represented Norway at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was the only member of the team to play in the NHL.

    • Zuccarello has 93 career points in 144 games for the Blueshirts.

    Lee Stempniak, Right Wing (Last Played With Penguins)

    On July 19, the Rangers agreed to terms with Lee Stempniak, a nine-year veteran who played for the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins last season.

    • The 31-year-old winger tallied 12 goals and 34 points in 73 games last season for the Flames and Penguins.

    • Stempniak has skated in 637 career NHL games during his nine-year career, spending time with St. Louis, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary and Pittsburgh. 
    • He recorded two goals and three points in the playoffs this past season for the Penguins, with one of those goals coming against the Rangers. 

    • Stempniak was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

    Matthew Lombardi, Forward (Played in Switzerland Last Year)

    On July 16, the Blueshirts agreed to terms with Matthew Lombardi, a veteran of 536 NHL games who played in Switzerland's National League A this past season.

    • A 5-11, 32-year-old forward with speed, Lombardi has 101 goals and 262 assists for 363 points in 536 NHL games with the Flames, Coyotes, Predators, Maple Leafs and Ducks

    • He was originally drafted in 2000 with the 215th overall pick in the 7th round by the Oilers, but was re-drafted in 2002 with the 90th overall selection in the 3rd round by the Flames.

    • Lombardi potted a career-high 20 goals in 2006-07 with the Flames and picked up a career-high 53 points with the Coyotes in 2009-10.

    • Last season in Switzerland's NLA, he registered 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points in 46 games.

    Dan Boyle, Defenseman (Last Played With Sharks)

    Adding defensive depth, the Blueshirts inked veteran D-Man Dan Boyle as their first signing of the free-agent period. The 15-year veteran played for the Sharks the past six seasons. Prior to San Jose, Boyle played in Florida for the Panthers (1998-99 to 2001-02) and Lightning (2001-02 to 2007-08).

    • Boyle is listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds and is from Ottawa, Ontario.

    • Boyle went undrafted and began his NHL career with the Florida Panthers during the 1998-99 season. 

    • He was a member of the Team Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and won a gold medal after Canada defeated the United States. 

    • He was teammates with Martin St. Louis when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup.

    • Boyle finished the 2013-14 season with 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 75 games.

    Tanner Glass, Left Wing (Last Played With Penguins)

    The Rangers also added gritty left winger Tanner Glass. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Regina, Saskatchewan native recorded 13 points in 67 games with the Penguins last season.

    • Glass was drafted in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers.

    • He made his NHL debut on Nov. 12, 2007 and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 22, 2008.

    • Glass has experience playing for Rangers coach Alain Vigneault in Vancouver and was a part of the Canucks' Presidents' Trophy-winning team in 2011.

    • In 377 career games, Glass has 18 goals, 36 assists and 485 penalty minutes.


    Dominic Moore, Center (Re-Signed by Rangers)

    After a strong 2013-14 campaign, the Blueshirts decided to bring back center Dominic Moore.

    • In three years with the Rangers, Moore has posted 39 points in 160 games.

    • Moore recorded eight points in 25 playoff games with the Blueshirts last season and scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Canadiens.

    • The Thornhill, Ontario native was the 2013-14 Bill Masterton Memorial Award Winner.



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