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Big winger Taylor Pyatt joins Blueshirts

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Taylor Pyatt.

Pyatt, 30, skated in 73 games with the Phoenix Coyotes last season, registering nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, along with 23 penalty minutes. He ranked fourth on the Coyotes with 137 hits. Pyatt skated in his 700th career regular season contest on November 19 at Buffalo. He also recorded four goals and two assists in 16 playoff games. He tied for third on the team with a career-high in goals, ranked fifth in shots on goal (27) and tied for eighth in points during the postseason.

He was originally selected by the New York Islanders as a first round choice, eighth overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. The 11-year NHL veteran has posted two career hat tricks, on March 28, 2003, against Montreal and November 17, 2005, against Washington. Pyatt has also advanced to the conference finals twice in his career, with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 playoffs and the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 playoffs.

A former 20-goal scorer in Vancouver, big winger Taylor Pyatt scored a career-high four playoff goals this past spring as he helped Phoenix to a remarkable run to the Western Conference Final, where the Coyotes fell to the Los Angeles Kings.

The 6-4, 230-pounder has skated in 755 career regular season games with the NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, and Phoenix Coyotes, registering 130 goals and 134 assists for 264 points, along with 404 penalty minutes. Pyatt achieved career milestones in 2009-10 with Phoenix, recording his 200th career point with a goal on December 23 against Anaheim and his 100th career goal on March 10 against Vancouver.

In 2008-09, he tallied his 100th career assist on April 2 against Anaheim as a member of the Canucks. Pyatt established several career-highs in his first two seasons with Vancouver, including goals (23), points (37) and power play goals (nine) in 2006-07, and assists (21) in 2007-08. In addition, he has recorded eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 57 career playoff contests with Buffalo, Vancouver and Phoenix.

In 2010-11, Pyatt registered 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 76 games with Phoenix. He tied for the team lead with a career-high, six game-winning goals. Pyatt also tied for third on the team in goals, ranked third in hits (143) and second among team forwards in plus/minus rating (plus-11).

Pyatt made his NHL debut on October 6, 2000, at Tampa Bay as a 19-year old with the New York Islanders. He registered four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 78 games that season. He recorded his first career point with an assist on October 27 against Montreal, and notched his first NHL goal with the game-winner on November 27 against Tampa Bay.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native is the older brother of former Rangers’ draft pick, Tom Pyatt, who was selected as a fourth round choice, 107th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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