New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes on a new contract.
Hughes, 24, skated in 59 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with 48 penalty minutes. He tied AHL career-highs in goals, assists, and points in 2015-16. Hughes tallied a shorthanded goal and recorded two shots on goal on October 18, 2015 vs. Syracuse. In addition, he registered a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" on February 5, 2016 at Portland, recording a goal, an assist, and a fight in the contest.
The 6-2, 225-pounder has skated in 173 career AHL games over three seasons (2013-14 - 2015-16), all with the Wolf Pack, registering five goals and 20 assists for 25 points, along with 109 penalty minutes. Hughes made his AHL debut on October 5, 2013 vs. Norfolk, and he recorded his first career AHL goal, assist, and point on October 12, 2013 at Adirondack. In addition, he recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in 15 contests during the 2015 Playoffs while helping Hartford advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Hughes tallied the series-winning goal in overtime in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Providence on May 1, 2015.
The London, Ontario, native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on April 1, 2013.