New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent left wing Steve McKenna. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
McKenna, 28, appeared in 54 matches for the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins last season, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with 119 penalty minutes. Selected by Minnesota in the 2000 NHL Expansion draft, he registered one goal and one assist for two points, along with 19 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Wild before being traded by Pittsburgh in exchange for center Roman Simicek on January 13, 2000. Following the trade, McKenna appeared in 34 games with the Penguins, totaling 100 penalty minutes.
A veteran of five seasons in the National Hockey League, McKenna has skated in 191 career NHL matches with Los Angeles, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, registering six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, along with 467 penalty minutes. In three career playoff outings, McKenna has collected one assist, along with eight penalty minutes. The 6-8, 255-pounder enjoyed his finest NHL season with Los Angeles in 1997-98, tallying four goals and four assists for eight points, along with 150 penalty minutes in 62 games, establishing career-highs in all categories.
The native of Toronto, Ontario was originally signed by Los Angeles as a free agent on May 23, 1996.