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Rangers land free agent Rissmiller

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Rissmiller.

Patrick Rissmiller, who played college hockey at Holy Cross in Massachusetts, found his way to a successful NHL career despite being an undrafted free agent.
Rissmiller, 29, appeared in 79 games with the San Jose Sharks this past season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with 30 penalty minutes. He ranked sixth on the team with 111 hits, and tied for eighth on the team with 17 even strength points.

He established career-highs in penalty minutes (30) and shots (119), and he set a new career-high with his eighth goal of the season on March 18 at Los Angeles. In addition, he posted three multiple-point games during the season, including his first career multiple-goal game on January 5 vs. Columbus (two goals). He also skated in eight post-season contests with San Jose, registering four penalty minutes and 13 shots.

The 6-4, 220-pounder has appeared in 180 NHL matches with San Jose, recording 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. He established career-highs during the 2006-07 season with 15 assists and 22 points. He had a personal-best, three assists on November 9 at Los Angeles. He also notched goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career on March 30 and April 1.

The Sharks posted a 7-0-0 record in games he scored a goal that season. Additionally, Rissmiller has skated in 30 career post-season games, collecting three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 10 penalty minutes. In the 2007 playoffs, he set personal highs with three assists and four points. Rissmiller made his NHL debut on November 13, 2003 vs. St. Louis.

The Belmont, Massachusetts native was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on June 30, 2003.
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