New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Karel Rachunek. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rachunek, 24, skated in 72 games with the Rangers and Ottawa Senators last season, registering two goals and 19 assists for 21 points, along with 33 penalty minutes. He appeared in 60 games with Ottawa prior to the trade, registering one goal and 16 assists for 17 points, along with 29 penalty minutes. Rachunek skated in his 200th NHL game on November 20 vs. Carolina. He was acquired by the Rangers on March 9, along with Alexandre Giroux, in exchange for Greg de Vries and made his Rangers debut on March 12 at Tampa Bay. The defenseman tallied his first goal/point as a Ranger on March 25 vs. Nashville. He registered his 100th NHL point while recording a pair of assists on April 3 at Washington.
A native of Gottwaldov, Czech Republic, Rachunek has appeared in 258 career games with the Rangers and Ottawa, registering 12 goals and 89 assists for 101 points, along with 149 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 20 career playoff contests, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 14 penalty minutes. During the 2001-02 season, Rachunek was selected to skate in the NHL YoungStars Game during the NHL All-Star Weekend on January 17, 2002. In his rookie campaign of 2000-01, he finished second among all NHL rookies with a plus-17 rating and was third with 30 assists.
The 6-2, 212-pound defenseman was originally Ottawa's eighth choice, 229th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.