New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Alexandre Giroux.
Giroux, 24, appeared in 78 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 32 goals and 22 assists for 54 points, along with 128 penalty minutes. He led the Wolf Pack in goals (32) and points (52) and tied for fourth on the team with a rating of plus-15. In six post-season contests, Giroux tallied three goals and three assists for six points, along with 23 penalty minutes. His three assists and six points tied for second on the club.
The 6-3, 190-pounder has appeared in 290 career AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Binghamton Senators and Grand Rapids Griffins, registering 87 goals and 80 assists for 167 points, along with 395 penalty minutes. During the 2003-2004 season, he skated with both Binghamton and Hartford, accumulating a total of 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points, along with 92 penalty minutes in 75 games. Before his departure from Binghamton, he ranked second on the Senators in each of the major offensive categories. After being acquired by the Rangers and arriving in Hartford, Giroux competed in 16 matches with the Wolf Pack, tallying six goals and three assists for nine points.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Giroux skated in 202 career games for the Hull Olympiques and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), registering 111 goals and 115 assists for 226 points, along with 359 penalty minutes. In 1999-00, he led the Hull Olympiques with 52 regular season goals and 12 post-season goals.
The Quebec City, Quebec native was originally Ottawa's seventh round choice, 213th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers from the Ottawa Senators, along with Karel Rachunek, in exchange for Greg de Vries on March 9, 2004.