The New York Rangers signed forward Chris Bourque on Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Boston University product was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the second round (No. 33) of the 2004 NHL Draft and split last season between Kazan Ak-Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League and EHC Biel of National League A in Switzerland. With Biel, Bourque tied for fourth on the team with four playoff goals.
In 51 NHL games with the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, Bourque has two goals, eight points and 18 penalty minutes. The 28-year-old wing is the son of Bruins great Ray Bourque and could be reunited with his younger brother, Ryan, a Rangers draft pick who has played the past three seasons with their American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford.
Bourque last played in North America in 2012-13, when he split the season between Boston and their AHL affiliate in Providence. In 18 games with Boston that season, he set a career high with four points in 18 games.