New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with forward Jeff Toms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Toms, 26, split last season between the New York Islanders and the Rangers organizations, appearing in 54 NHL matches, registering eight points (three goals, five assists). He began the season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording six goals and five assists for 11 points in five games, before being recalled by the Islanders on October 18. In 39 games for the Islanders, Toms recorded two goals and four assists for six points, along with 10 penalty minutes. He was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on January 13, and recorded one goal and one assist in 15 games for the club. In addition, Toms skated in 12 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), recording four goals and nine assists for 13 points. During the 2001 post-season, he tallied a team-leading six goals and tied for the team lead with six points in five playoff contests with the Wolf Pack.
The 6-5, 200-pounder is a veteran of six professional seasons with Tampa Bay, Washington, the Islanders and the Rangers, registering 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points, along with 41 penalty minutes in 176 NHL games.
A native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Toms was originally drafted by New Jersey with their ninth round choice, 210th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.