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Rangers claim forward Bell off waivers @NHLdotcom
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bell, 28, has appeared in 56 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points, along with 34 penalty minutes.  He ranked fifth on the team in goals (12), sixth in points (27) and seventh in assists (15). He also tied for fourth on the Marlies with five power play goals.

Bell recorded a season-high, five-game goal scoring streak from January 14 at Chicago to January 23 at Syracuse.  He has registered three multiple-point performances this season, including a two-goal game on January 2 vs. Iowa.

A veteran of seven NHL seasons, Bell skated in 35 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2007-08 season, registering four goals and six assists for 10 points, along with 60 penalty minutes.  He missed 31 games due to injury after sustaining a broken orbital bone on January 3, 2008 at Pittsburgh.  He notched a goal in back-to-back games, on April 3, 2008 vs. Ottawa and April 5, 2008 at Montreal to close out the regular season.

The 6-2, 220-pounder has appeared in 445 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs, registering 87 goals and 95 assists for 182 points, along with 597 penalty minutes.  Bell established career-highs in goals (25) and points (48) while skating with Chicago during the 2005-06 season.  His 25 goals and 48 points ranked second on the club, while he finished fourth on the team with 23 assists. 

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