New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with left wing Nils Ekman
. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ekman, 26, spent last season with Djurgardens IF of Elitserien in Sweden, skating in 38 matches and registering 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points, along with 57 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the team with 16 goals and third with 31 points. In post-season play, Ekman collected one goal and 32 penalty minutes in 4 playoff contests.
The 5-11, 185-pounder has skated in 71 career NHL matches with the Tampa Bay Lightning, registering 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points, along with 76 penalty minutes. During his most recent NHL campaign with Tampa Bay in 2000-01, he skated in 43 matches and established NHL career-highs in all offensive categories, collecting nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 33 matches with the Detroit Vipers of the now-defunct International Hockey League (IHL). Ekman ranked first on the Vipers in goals and third in scoring, notching 22 goals and 14 assists for 36 points, along with 63 penalty minutes.
The Stockholm, Sweden native was originally selected by the Calgary Flames as their sixth choice, 107th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Tampa Bay from Calgary on November 20, 1999, along with Calgary’s fourth round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (Vladimir Gorbunov) in exchange for Andreas Johansson. Ekman was acquired on June 30, 2001 by the Rangers from Tampa Bay, along with Kyle Freadrich, in exchange for Tim Taylor.