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Rangers sign forwards Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot, and D Aaron Johnson to add depth

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 7:55 PM / News

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Rangers sign forwards Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot, and D Aaron Johnson to add depth

NEW YORK, N.Y. - With limited salary cap space, the New York Rangers added two forwards and a defenceman to bolster their overall depth.

On a busy free agent Friday, the Rangers signed forwards Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot, and defenceman Aaron Johnson.

The 32-year-old Moore, now in his second stint with the Rangers, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million. He sat out last season following the death of his wife in January.

In 530 NHL games with the Rangers, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay, and San Jose, Moore has 67 goals and 118 assists.

While with the Rangers during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons, Moore played in 87 games and scored nine goals and added 12 assists. He was chosen by the Rangers in the third round of the 2000 draft.

Pouliot, 26, left the Tampa Bay Lightning for a one-year, $1.3 million deal with New York. He had eight goals and 12 assists in 34 games last season with Tampa Bay, and led the club with a plus-8 rating.

Overall, in 291 games with Minnesota, Montreal, Boston and Tampa Bay, Pouliot has 61 goals and 63 assists with 201 penalty minutes. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2005 draft by Minnesota.

The 30-year-old Johnson, who got a one-year, $600,000 contract from the Rangers, split last season between the Eastern Conference-champion Boston Bruins and Providence of the AHL. He had 10 penalty minutes in 10 games with Boston.

Johnson has played in 291 NHL games, netting 17 goals and 45 assists, while racking up 222 penalty minutes.

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