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Defenseman Bell called up from Whale

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Brendan Bell has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Bell, 28, has registered one assist and 12 penalty minutes in two games with Connecticut this season following his assignment on October 9.  He is tied for second among team defensemen in scoring, and is tied for third on the team with 10 shots on goal.

Bell did not dress in the Rangers two games at the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden prior to his assignment.

Brendan Bell
The 6-2, 205-pounder has skated in 101 career NHL games over four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators, registering seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points, along with 51 penalty minutes.

Bell enjoyed his most productive season in 2008-09 with Ottawa, establishing career-highs in games played (53), goals (six), assists (15), points (21), power play goals (five), power play assists (10), power play points (15), shots on goal (76), and game-winning goals (one).  He led all Ottawa defensemen in power play goals, and ranked second among team defensemen in power play assists and power play points that season.

Bell made his NHL debut as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 21, 2006 vs. Carolina, and registered his first career NHL point with an assist on October 28, 2006 at Montreal.

The Ottawa, Ontario native was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on August 9, 2011.  He was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 65th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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