New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman John Jakopin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jakopin, 28, appeared in 12 matches with the San Jose Sharks, collecting 11 penalty minutes. He also skated in 18 matches with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering four assists, along with 27 penalty minutes.
The 6-5, 239-pounder has skated in 113 career games with San Jose, the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 145 penalty minutes.
In the AHL, Jakopin appeared in 202 career matches with Cleveland, the Adirondack Red Wings, Beast of New Haven, Louisville Panthers and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, registering 11 goals and 41 assists for 52 points, along with 499 penalty minutes. Before beginning his professional career, he spent four seasons with the Merrimack College Warriors of Hockey East (H.E.), registering 20 goals and 45 assists for 65 points, along with 242 penalty minutes.
The Toronto, Ontario native was originally selected by the Detroit Red Wings as the team's fourth choice, 97th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.