New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Boris Mironov. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Boris was a big contributor to our strong defensive play during the second half of last season,” said Sather. “His signing further solidifies a very versatile and deep defense corps.”
Mironov, 31, skated in 56 games with the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks last season, collecting six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, along with 56 penalty minutes. He was acquired by New York from Chicago on January 8 in exchange for a 2004 fourth round draft choice. In 36 games with the Rangers, he registered three goals and nine assists for 12 points, along with 34 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Prior to joining the Rangers, he skated in his 600th career NHL contest on November 15 vs. Washington.
The 6-3, 223-pounder has appeared in 641 career NHL contests with the Rangers, Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers over 10 NHL seasons, registering 73 goals and 218 assists for 291 points, along with 805 penalty minutes. In 25 career post-season matches, he has recorded five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with 45 penalty minutes.
Mironov was a member of the Russian Olympic squad at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, capturing a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002. He also was a member of the Russian team at the 1991 World Junior Championships and the Commonwealth of Independent States team at the 1992 World Junior Championships, capturing a silver medal in 1991 and a gold medal in 1992.
The native of Moscow, Russia was originally Winnipeg’s second selection, 27th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.