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Fritsche signs with Rangers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Fritsche, Zherdev Obtained from Columbus

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dan Fritsche.

Dan Fritsche set career regular-season highs in goals, assists and points with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.
Fritsche, 23, appeared in 69 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this past season, registering 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. He ranked fifth on the club in goals (10), and tied for eighth on the team in points (22) and 10th in assists (12).

He also established a career-high with 109 shots and tied his personal best with four game-winning goals, which ranked second on the team. Fritsche posted three multiple-point efforts this season.

The 6-1, 206-pounder has appeared in 206 career regular season contests with Columbus, recording 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points, along with 91 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals (12), assists (15), points (27), plus/minus rating (plus-three), penalty minutes (35), and power play goals (five) during the 2006-07 season.

He registered his first career multiple-goal game on October 5, 2005 at Washington (two goals), becoming the first player in Columbus franchise history to record a multiple-goal game on Opening Night.

The Parma, Ohio native was originally Columbus’ second round choice, 46th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. On July 2, 2008, he was acquired with Nikolai Zherdev from Columbus in exchange for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.
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