New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free agent right wing Sandy McCarthy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
McCarthy, 29, appeared in 81 matches last season, registering 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points, along with 171 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several statistical categories, including games played (81), goals (11), points (21) and game-winning goals (2), while matching a career-high in assists (10). McCarthy ranked third on the team and first among forwards with 171 penalty minutes. He also finished second on the club and first among forwards with 206 hits. In addition, McCarthy received the 2000-01 Steven McDonald "Extra Effort" Award as voted by the fans for "going above and beyond the call of duty".
A veteran of eight seasons in the National Hockey League, McCarthy was acquired by the Rangers along with future considerations from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Darren Langdon and Rob DiMaio on August 4, 2000. He has skated in 522 career matches with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and the Rangers, tallying 52 goals and 53 assists for 105 points, along with 1,252 penalty minutes. In 23 career playoff outings, McCarthy has collected two assists, along with 61 penalty minutes.
The 6-3, 225-pounder was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round, 52nd overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.