New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman John Moore.
Moore, 23, skated in 74 games with the Rangers this past season, registering four goals and 11 assists for 15 points, along with 25 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, game-winning goals (two), power play assists (two), power play points (two), shots on goal (115), and hits (59). Moore ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots (57). He also finished second among Rangers defensemen in game-winning goals and shots on goal, third in goals, points, and plus/minus rating, tied for third in power play assists, ranked fourth in power play points, and tied for fourth in assists. Moore skated in his 100th career NHL game in the Rangers' season opener on October 3 at Phoenix, and tallied the first game-winning goal of his career on October 16 at Washington. He tied single-game career-highs by registering two assists, two points, and a plus-two rating on December 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
In the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-3, 202-pounder tallied two assists and posted a plus-two rating in 21 games. Moore established playoff career-highs in games played, assists, points (two), plus/minus rating, shots on goal (19), blocked shots (19) and hits (18). He also skated in more playoff games than any NHL defenseman who was 23 years old or younger. Moore recorded a power play assist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Montreal on May 17, and notched an assist in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Los Angeles on June 11.
Moore has skated in 173 career NHL games over parts of four seasons with the Rangers and Columbus, registering seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on February 5, 2011 vs. Edmonton and tallied his first career NHL point with a goal on October 25, 2011 vs. Detroit. Since the start of his rookie season in 2011-12, Moore ranks 12th among NHL defensemen 23 years old or younger in games played (171). Since joining the Rangers, he ranks third among defensemen on the team in goals (five), assists (16), points (21), and plus/minus rating (plus-16). Moore registered six points (one goal, five assists), along with a plus-nine rating in 13 games with the Rangers during the 2012-13 season, including a goal in his Rangers debut on April 3, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh.
The Winnetka, Illinois native was acquired from Columbus on April 3, 2013, along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steven Delisle. He was originally selected by Columbus in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.