David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the hockey club has signed defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year contract. Nonis also announced that Chris Dennis has been promoted to assistant coach on Randy Carlyle’s staff where he will continue to work with Greg Cronin, Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Rick St. Croix.
Ranger, 28, played in 51 games in his first season with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies in 2012-13. He scored eight goals and added 17 assists. He posted a plus 16 mark with 54 minutes in penalties and 10 of his points came on the powerplay (4g, 6a).
Ranger played in 270 regular season games for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2005 to 2009. He registered 18 goals, 74 assists and 92 points along with 218 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 210-pound defenceman’s best season offensively came in 2007-08 when he collected 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games. In 11 career playoff games with the Lightning, he earned two goals and five assists with four penalty minutes. The Whitby, Ontario native also represented the Eastern Conference at the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas.
Ranger was originally Tampa Bay’s seventh choice, selected 183rd overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.
Dennis will be entering his ninth full season with the Leafs. He has served the team as the coaching staff’s video analyst (2005-06 to 2009-10), video coach (2010-11), and assistant coach, video (2011-12 to 2012-2013).