Restricted free-agent forward Ryan Bourque and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a contract, the team said Friday. Length and financial terms were not disclosed.
Bourque, 23, comes off his best American Hockey League season, scoring 21 goals and 37 points in 74 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He has 35 goals and 66 points in 196 AHL games with the Wolf Pack and Connecticut Whale.
The Rangers chose Bourque in the third round (No. 80) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter