New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Brandon Pirri on a one-year contract worth $1.1 million.
Pirri, 25, split this past season between Florida and Anaheim, registering 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, along with 30 penalty minutes in 61 games. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, and points. He recorded a goal on five of his six shootout attempts (83.3%), and registered two game-deciding goals during the past season. Among NHL skaters who recorded at least five shootout attempts in 2015-16, he tied for first in the league in shooting percentage in the shootout. Pirri posted two three-point games during the season – December 17, 2015 at New Jersey and March 24, 2016 at Toronto. In nine games with Anaheim, Pirri registered five points (three goals, two assists).
The 6-0, 183-pounder has skated in 166 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2010-11 – 2015-16) with Chicago, Florida, and Anaheim, registering 49 goals and 31 assists for 80 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 52 penalty minutes. Among NHL players who have skated in at least 100 games over the last two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16), Pirri is tied for 30th in goals per game (0.33). Over the last three seasons (2013-14 – 2015-16), Pirri is tied for 24th in the NHL (min. 300 shots on goal) in shooting percentage (14.0), and he posted a shooting percentage of 10.0 or better in each season over the span. In addition, he has tallied at least 13 goals and 24 points in each of the last three seasons and he recorded a career-high 22 goals in 49 games with Florida during the 2014-15 season. He tied for ninth in the NHL (min. five games played) in goals per game in 2014-15 (0.45). In addition, Pirri has tallied a goal on 10 of his 17 career shootout attempts (58.8%), and has registered five game-deciding goals.
Pirri also played four seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2010-11 to 2013-14, registering 68 goals and 132 assists for 200 points in 238 games. He was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game in two of his four seasons in the league (2011-12 and 2013-14), and he led the AHL with 75 points in 2012-13. Pirri posted a shooting percentage of 10.0 or better in each of his last three seasons in the AHL.
The Toronto, Ontario, native was selected by Chicago in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.