New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed Group II free agent defenseman Dale Purinton. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Purinton, 27, appeared in 40 games for the Rangers last season, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with 117 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the team with 117 penalty minutes. Purinton tallied his only goal of the season on January 30 vs. Buffalo. The defenseman missed two games due to a concussion.
The 6-2, 220-pounder has skated in 181 career NHL games with the Rangers, registering four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with 578 penalty minutes. During the 2002-03 season, Purinton established career-highs in all major offensive categories with three goals, nine assists and 12 points, along with a career-best 58 contests. He also led the team with 161 penalty minutes and skated in his 100th NHL game on November 11 at San Jose.
Purinton has also played in 169 games with the Rangers’ top American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, collecting five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 891 penalty minutes. He is the franchise’s single season penalty minutes leader, recording 415 minutes during the 1999-00 campaign. Purinton was also a key member of the Wolf Pack’s Calder Cup championship team in 2000, appearing in all 23 post-season contests, registering three assists and 87 penalty minutes.
The native of Fort Wayne, Indiana was the Rangers’ fifth choice, 117th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.