New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Garth Murray.
Murray, 22, appeared in 55 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering four goals and five assists, along with 182 penalty minutes. His 182 penalty minutes tied for fourth on the team. After missing the season's first 19 games due to injury, Murray earned third star honors in his season debut on December 3 against Lowell. On April 3, he notched his first game-winning goal of the season, and tied a franchise record for the fastest goal scored at the start of a period, with a tally 10 seconds into the second period vs. Lowell. In five post-season contests for Hartford, he accumulated one goal and eight penalty minutes.
The 6-2, 220-pounder appeared in 20 games with the Rangers during the 2003-04 season collecting one goal and 24 penalty minutes. He made his Rangers/NHL debut on January 30 against Buffalo and notched his first career NHL goal and point on March 21 at Pittsburgh (Jean-Sebastian Aubin). The majority of his season was spent in Hartford with the Wolf Pack, where he skated in 63 games and tallied 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, along with 159 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the team in penalty minutes with 159.
In 186 career games with the Wolf Pack, Murray has accumulated 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points, along with 462 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 32 post-season matches with the club, registering two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with 49 penalty minutes.
Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, he skated in 62 contests with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2001-02, tallying 33 goals and 30 assists for 63 points, along with 154 penalty minutes. While serving as team captain for the Pats, Murray's 33 goals ranked second on the team and his 63 points ranked third. At the conclusion of his season with Regina, Murray joined the Hartford Wolf Pack, skating in four regular season matches and nine post-season games. He registered one goal and three assists for four points in the AHL playoffs, along with six penalty minutes.
The Regina, Saskatchewan native was originally selected by the Rangers in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.