New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the club has acquired forward Chris Wells from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations. Wells will report to Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Wells, 24, has appeared in 13 games with Florida this season, collecting 14 penalty minutes. He has tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 31 games with Florida’s top minor league affiliate, the Louisville Panthers, of the AHL this season. He was acquired by Florida from the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 19, 1996 in exchange for Stu Barnes and Jason Wooley.
The 6-6, 223-pound forward has notched nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points, along with 193 penalty minutes in 195 career NHL matches with Pittsburgh and Florida. He has registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists), along with 59 penalty minutes in 58 career minor league matches with Louisville and New Haven of the AHL and Cleveland of the International Hockey League (IHL).
The native of Calgary, Alberta was selected as Pittsburgh’s first choice, 24th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.