New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Johan Holmqvist
on a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Holmqvist, 24, appeared in 48 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, posting a 26-12-6 record, along with a 3.07 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. He led the Wolf Pack with 26 wins, 2,734 minutes played and one shutout. Holmqvist matched a franchise record with a nine-game unbeaten streak from February 16 through March 8, recording a 7-0-2 mark over the span. During the 2002 post-season, he appeared in four contests, posting a 1-2 record, along with a 4.41 goals against average. In addition, Holmqvist made one appearance for the Rangers in relief on April 10 vs. Toronto, stopping two shots in nine minutes of playing time.
The 6-1, 190-pound netminder has appeared in 91 career matches with Hartford, posting 45-26-10 record, along with a 2.99 goals against average and three shutouts. Holmqvist has performed in three contests with the Rangers, recording a 0-2-0 mark, along with a 4.69 goals against average.
The native of Tolfta, Sweden was New York’s ninth selection, 175th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.