New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that the club has claimed defenseman Shawn Heins (right) of the Atlanta Thrashers and right wing Jeff Heerema of the Carolina Hurricanes off waivers.
Heins, 29, appeared in 47 matches last season with the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering one goal and two assists for three points, along with 42 penalty minutes. He was traded by San Jose to Pittsburgh on February 9 in exchange for a 2003 fifth round draft choice (Patrick Ehelechner). He had signed with Atlanta as a free agent on September 10, 2003.
In 108 career NHL matches, he registered four goals and eight assists for 12 points, along with 138 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 210-pounder also skated in two career playoff matches with San Jose.
The native of Eganville, Ontario was originally signed as a free agent by San Jose on January 5, 1997.
Heerema, 23, skated in 10 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, tallying three goals, along with two penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut and tallied his first NHL goal on January 17, 2003 vs. New Jersey (Martin Brodeur). He also appeared in 36 matches with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), collecting 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points, along with 25 penalty minutes.
In 112 career games with Lowell (AHL), Heerema registered 48 goals and 54 assists for 102 points, along with 115 penalty minutes. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, he was originally Carolina’s first choice, 11th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.