New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Darren Van Impe from the Boston Bruins, claiming him off waivers.
Van Impe, 28, appeared in 31 matches for Boston last season, registering three goals and 10 assists for 13 points, along with 41 penalty minutes. He missed 49 matches due to injury during the year, including the final 41 games of the season following left shoulder surgery.
A veteran of seven seasons in the National Hockey League, Van Impe has skated in 330 career NHL matches with Boston and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, registering 21 goals and 81 assists for 102 points, along with 328 penalty minutes. In 26 career playoff outings, Van Impe has collected three goals and five assists for eight points, along with 20 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 205-pounder enjoyed his finest season with Boston in 1999-2000, tallying five goals and 23 assists for 28 points, establishing career-highs in both assists and points.
The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, originally the New York Islanders' seventh round choice, 170th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, was dealt to Anaheim by the Islanders on August 31, 1994 in exchange for an eighth round draft choice in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (Mike Broda) before being claimed off waivers by Boston on November 26, 1997.