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Rangers agree to terms with center Jarret Stoll

by David Satriano

After winning the Stanley Cup twice in the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Jarret Stoll is hoping to help the New York Rangers achieve that goal this season.

Stoll, who became an unrestricted free agent July 1, agreed to a contract with the Rangers on Monday. Terms were not released, but Sportsnet reported it's a one-year, $800,000 contract.

"I realize how good an opportunity it is to play with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden," Stoll told Blueshirts United. "I know what I can bring to the team, and I just want to help the Rangers."

Stoll, 33, won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. He had a goal and an assist when the Kings defeated the Rangers in five games in the 2014 Cup Final.

He also reached the Cup Final with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006.

Stoll spent the past seven seasons with the Kings, scoring six goals with 11 assists in 73 games in 2014-15. In a statement on his Twitter account, Stoll thanked the Kings front office, coaching staff and his former teammates, saying he "will cherish those memories in Los Angeles forever."

Stoll is looking forward though.

"That group that they have there (in New York) … there's no secret why they've been so successful there the last three or four years," he said. "It must be that they have a great group, a great coaching staff, and guys that care about each other. I love teams like that.

"I learned a lot about them playing in the Final. Obviously, it was five games, but it wasn't just five games. There were a lot of double overtimes, and we had problems with their speed, and I'll never forget that."

A second-round pick (No. 36) by the Oilers at the 2002 NHL Draft, Stoll set NHL career highs with 22 goals and 68 points during the 2005-06 season.

Stoll was sentenced to community service after he pleaded guilty June 25 to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case. He said he has completed his legal obligations.

"[Stoll is] a real character guy who made a mistake," general manager Jeff Gorton told reporters. "It's a belief in our organization that it's important to have people that have won and been through it. So we view this as he's someone that can possibly help us get over that hump that we haven't been able to do."

Stoll has won 55.1 percent of his faceoffs in his career. He has a faceoff win percentage of 51 percent or higher in every season.

"As far as the faceoff circle goes, I take a lot of pride in that, and I want to be out there in all situations," said Stoll, who is a two-time 20-goal scorer. "It's just one thing I've been working on over the course of my career, and I've gotten better and better. Nowadays, faceoffs have gotten pretty important in the League with all the rule changes."

Stoll has 140 goals and 379 points in 792 regular-season games with the Oilers and Kings. He has 10 goals and 26 points in 93 playoff games.

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