Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre and forward Rico Fata have been assigned to Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Lefebvre, 34, missed the first 16 games of the season after recovering from off-season surgery to repair anterior shoulder instability in his right shoulder. The 6-3, 205 pound defenseman has appeared in 153 matches with the Rangers over the last two seasons after signing as a free agent on July 19, 1999. Lefebvre has collected four goals and 23 assists for 27 points, along with 98 penalty minutes over the span.
The native of Richmond, Quebec has collected 30 goals and 147 assists for 177 points, along with 641 penalty minutes in 869 career games with Montreal, Toronto, Quebec/Colorado and New York over the last 12 seasons. Lefebvre was a member of the 1996 Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.
Fata, 21, skated in five matches with the Rangers this season after being claimed off waivers from Calgary on October 3.
The winger appeared in five matches for Calgary last season, registering six penalty minutes. He spent the remainder of the season with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL). With Saint John, Fata ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in goals, tallying 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points, along with 129 penalty minutes in 70 matches. He also skated in 19 post-season games, registering two goals and three assists for five points, helping Saint John capture the 2001 Calder Cup championship.
In 27 career NHL matches, he has registered one assist, along with 10 penalty minutes. The 5-11, 197-pounder has skated in 146 career matches with Saint John, registering 52 goals and 58 assists for 110 points, along with 194 penalty minutes. In 22 AHL playoff matches, he has collected two goals and three assists for five points, along with 26 penalty minutes.