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Rangers busy on opening day of free agency; NY adds Diaz, Megna, Lindblad, Stalberg, Gibbons @NHLdotcom

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The New York Rangers have signed defenceman Raphael Diaz and forwards Jayson Megna and Matt Lindblad as free agents.

Rangers general manager and president Glen Sather announced the moves on Wednesday as the NHL kicked off free agency. Contract terms were not immediately available.

Diaz, 29, is returning for a second stint with the Rangers. He played 56 games with the Calgary Flames this past season, finishing with two goals and two assists.

Prior to joining the Flames, Diaz played part of the 2013-14 season with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with Vancouver on March 5, 2014. He has played in 201 NHL games over four seasons with the Rangers, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary, with eight goals and 41 assists.

Megna, 25, split this past season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL). He had one assist in 12 games with Pittsburgh. In 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past season, he had 26 goals and 13 assists.

Megna has skated in 48 NHL games over parts of two seasons, both with Pittsburgh, registering five goals and five assists.

Lindblad, 25, played in three NHL games with the Boston Bruins and 47 games with Providence (AHL) this past season. The 5-11, 193-pounder has skated in 106 AHL games over parts of three seasons, registering 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Lindblad played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth University.

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