New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Steven Kampfer on a new contract.
Kampfer, 28, skated in 11 NHL games with Florida and the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with six penalty minutes. He was credited with 23 hits in the 10 games he played with the Rangers, and he recorded at least two hits in eight of the 10 contests. Kampfer made his debut with the Blueshirts on Feb. 28 vs. Washington. He tallied his first assist/point as a Ranger on Mar. 7 at Florida, and he recorded his first goal as a Ranger on Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay.
The 5-11, 192-pounder has skated in 144 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11 - 2011-12; 2014-15 - 2016-17) with Boston, Minnesota, Florida, and the Rangers, registering 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 62 penalty minutes. Kampfer has skated in 58 NHL games over the past two seasons, and he established a career-high in games played during the 2015-16 season with the Panthers (47).
Kampfer also skated in 43 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17, registering four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He was tied for third among Hartford defensemen in goals, assists, and points this season at the time he was recalled by the Rangers on Mar. 5. Kampfer established a single-game AHL career-high with three assists and tied a single-game AHL career-high with three points on Mar. 1 vs. Springfield.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native was acquired by the Rangers from Florida, along with a conditional draft pick, in exchange for Dylan McIlrath on Nov. 8, 2016.