New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Craig Weller.
Weller, 24, skated in 76 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, registering 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points, along with 182 penalty minutes. He finished the regular season tied for fourth on the Wolf Pack with 182 penalty minutes. Weller established career-highs with 76 games played, 10 goals and 19 points. He recorded the Wolf Pack's first two-goal game of the season (including a game-winning goal) and earned his second consecutive First Star award on November 7 vs. Springfield. In 2005 post-season play, Weller appeared in six contests for the Wolf Pack, collecting one assist and six penalty minutes.
The 6-4, 220-pounder has appeared in 203 career games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), registering 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points, along with 360 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, Weller ranked fourth among Hartford defensemen with 14 points and ranked seventh overall on the club with 86 penalty minutes.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Weller spent two seasons with Kootenay of the Western Hockey League (WHL), appearing in 99 career matches, registering six goals and 18 assists for 24 points, along with 167 penalty minutes. For the beginning of the 2000-01 season, he skated with the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), registering one assist in six matches.
The Calgary, Alberta native was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round, 167th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 11, 2002.