Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Rumun Ndur. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ndur is expected to report to Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Tuesday.
The 6-2, 200-pound defenseman tallied one goal and three assists for four points, along with 46 penalty minutes in 31 contests with New York during the 1998-99 campaign. Ndur also collected one assist in six AHL games with Hartford last season. The native of St. Thomas, Ontario has notched one goal and three assists for four points, along with 66 penalty minutes in 42 career NHL matches with New York and Buffalo. The Rangers claimed Ndur on waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on December 18, 1998.
RUMUN NDUR DEFENSE #36 6-2 222 Shoots Left Born: July 7, 1975 Zaria, Nigeria Off-Season Home: St. Thomas, Ontario
1998-99: Tallied one goal and three assists for four points in 39 matches with New York and Buffalo ... Ranked sixth on the Rangers with 62 penalty minutes ... Appeared in eight contests with the Sabres before being claimed on waivers by New York on December 18 ... Notched three of his four points (three assists) on the road ... The team posted a 15-12-4 record with him in the lineup and a 2-1-1 mark when he notched a point ... Made his Rangers debut on December 23 vs. Carolina ... Collected his first NHL assist/point on December 26 at Carolina ... Tallied his first NHL goal on March 15 vs. Washington ... Posted a plus or even rating in 24 of 31 games with the Rangers ... Skated in each of the final 24 outings, after appearing in one of the previous 17 games ... Was assigned to Hartford for a two-week conditioning stint on January 21, where he notched one assist in six matches with the Wolf Pack.
NHL CAREER: 1996-97: Appeared in two matches with the Sabres, while making his NHL debut on November 9 at Hartford ... Collected two penalty minutes on November 30 vs. the Islanders. 1997-98: Appeared in one contest with Buffalo on February 26 at Boston, collecting two penalty minutes ... Was recalled from Rochester (AHL) on three occasions during the regular season.
MINOR LEAGUE CAREER: 1995-96: Made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans, capturing the Calder Cup as the AHL champions ... Tallied 14 points (two goals, 12 assists), along with a plus eight rating in 73 contests with the club ... Led the team in penalty minutes with 306 ... Skated in 17 playoff matches, notching one goal and two assists for three points, along with 33 penalty minutes. 1996-97: Skated in 68 matches, tallying 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) ... Led Rochester with 282 penalty minutes ... Appeared in 10 playoff matches, registering three goals and one assist for four points, along with 21 penalty minutes. 1997-98: Appeared in 50 contests with Rochester, notching one goal and 12 assists for 13 points ... Ranked third on the team with 207 penalty minutes ... Led all Rochester defensemen with a plus eight rating ... Tied a professional career high with 12 assists ... Skated in four playoff games, collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes ... Finished the season ranking sixth on Rochester's all-time penalty minutes list with 795.
JUNIOR CAREER: 1992-93: Collected four points (one goal, three assists), along with 30 penalty minutes in 22 contests with the Guelph Storm of the OHL ... Registered one assist and four penalty minutes in four post-season games. 1993-94: Ranked seventh on the club with 39 points (six goals, 33 assists) in 61 games ... Placed second on the team with 176 penalty minutes ... Tallied four goals and one assist for five points, along with 24 penalty minutes in nine playoff matches. 1994-95: Ranked 12th on Guelph with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 63 matches ... Led the club with 187 penalty minutes ... Appeared in 14 post-season outings, notching four assists and 28 penalty minutes.
BACKGROUND: Pronounced ROO-muhn EN-dur ... Appeared at numerous charity events with the Rangers in 1998-99, including the fifth annual "Skate with the Greats" event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in February ... Was teammates at Guelph with Jeff O'Neill (Carolina), Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver) and Ken Belanger (Boston), ... Was coached at Guelph by Rangers professional scout E.J. McGuire and was drafted by John Muckler while with the Sabres ... Is the first and only NHL player of Nigerian descent ... Single.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entry Draft, 1994 - Buffalo's third round choice, (69th overall) in the 1994 Entry Draft. December 18, 1998 - Claimed on waivers from Buffalo by the Rangers.