Rangers Agree to Terms with Forward Derek Armstrong
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with center Derek Armstrong. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Armstrong, 27, appeared in 77 contests with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, notching 28 goals and 54 assists for 82 points, along with 101 penalty minutes. Armstrong established career highs in assists (54) and points (82), while leading the team and ranking tied for third in the AHL in both scoring categories. A Second Team AHL All-Star selection, Armstrong made his second consecutive appearance in the AHL All-Star Classic, recording two assists for Team Canada. In addition, he appeared in one game with the Rangers, on March 23 against the Washington Capitals.
In post-season play for the Wolf Pack, Armstrong appeared in all 23 playoff contests helping lead the Wolf Pack to the Calder Cup championship. Armstrong tied for the team lead in post-season scoring with 23 points, including seven goals and a team high 16 assists. He finished the Calder Cup playoffs tied for second in the AHL in points (23), and ranked second in assists (16). His post-season efforts were rewarded with the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, given annually to the Calder Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player.
The 6-1, 193-pounder has collected 124 goals and 212 assists for 336 points in 403 matches over the past seven seasons with Denver, Detroit, Salt Lake and Utah of the International Hockey League (IHL) and Hartford and Worcester of the AHL. Armstrong was also a member of the Denver Grizzlies 1994-95 IHL Turner Cup Championship team.
The native of Ottawa, Ontario was originally drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round, 128th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Armstrong has registered nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 83 career NHL contests with the Rangers, Islanders and Ottawa Senators.