New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Layne Ulmer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Ulmer, 23, appeared in 76 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points, along with 26 penalty minutes. He ranked fourth on the Wolf Pack with a career-high 22 goals and finished sixth on the club with 38 points. Ulmer also ranked fifth in the AHL and first on the Wolf Pack with eight game-winning goals. During the 2003-04 post-season, he recorded two goals and five assists for seven points. In addition, Ulmer made his Rangers/NHL debut on April 3 at Washington.
The 6-1, 211-pounder has appeared in 204 professional games with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), registering 52 goals and 58 assists for 110 points, along with 71 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Ulmer skated in 261 career games for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 161 goals and 154 assists for 315 points, along with 198 penalty minutes. In 1999-2000, he was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team and selected as the Broncos' playoff MVP. Ulmer also finished second in the 2000-01 WHL scoring race after posting 63 goals and 56 assists for 119 points.
The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native was originally Ottawa's eighth choice, 209th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Ulmer was signed as a free agent by the Rangers on June 13, 2001.