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Rangers, Byers agree to terms on new deal

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dane Byers.

Dane Byers missed much of Hartford's 2008-09 regular season due to injury but came back very strong with three goals in the Wolf Pack's first-round playoff series.
Byers, 23, has skated in 165 career regular season games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 44 goals and 58 assists for 102 points, along with 421 penalty minutes.  He established a career-high in goals (23) and plus/minus rating (plus-23) during the 2007-08 season.  Byers tied for third on Hartford in goals and finished fourth on the team in plus/minus rating.

He also posted a career-high, six-game scoring streak from February 8 at Providence to February 20 at Lowell, recording nine points (six goals and three assists) during the stretch.  In addition, Byers made his NHL debut with the Rangers on February 5 against Los Angeles.

In 2006-07, Byers set career marks in games played (78), assists (30), points (47), and penalty minutes (213). He ranked second on the Wolf Pack in assists, third on the team in points and penalty minutes, and fifth in goals. Byers notched his first career AHL hat trick on March 31 against Manchester.

As an AHL rookie in 2005-06, he collected an assist in his professional debut on April 7 vs. Portland.

The 6-3, 195 pounder appeared in nine games with Hartford (AHL) last season, recording four goals and three assists for seven points, along with 18 penalty minutes.  He registered six points (three goals and three assists) in a five game span from October 22 at Worcester to October 31 against Worcester, before missing the last 71 games of the regular season to injury. 

Byers returned to the lineup for the playoffs, and finished tied for the team lead in goals (three) and second in points (four) in six games.  His three goals and four points both established playoff career-highs.

The Nipawin, Saskatchewan native was originally the Rangers’ second round selection, 48th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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