New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with center Andreas Johansson on a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Johansson, (pronounced yoh-HAHN-suhn, ahn-DRAY-uhs), 28, appeared in 40 games with SC Bern of the Swiss National League last season, registering 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points, along with 94 penalty minutes. He also represented Sweden in the 2001 World Championships in Germany, registering three goals and two assists for five points in nine games, while helping the club to a bronze medal.
The 6-2, 205-pound forward has appeared in 204 career NHL contests with the Islanders, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Calgary, registering 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points, along with 96 penalty minutes. In his most recent NHL campaign, Johansson split the season between Tampa Bay and Calgary, collecting five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 40 contests. He posted his most productive NHL season with the Ottawa Senators in 1998-99, when he registered career-best totals of 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 points in 69 matches.
Johansson has also represented Sweden in several international tournaments, including the 1992 and 1993 World Junior Championships, the 1995 and 2001 World Championships, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Prior to making his NHL debut in 1995, he skated four seasons with Farjestad BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League, collecting 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 124 games.
The native of Hofors, Sweden was originally selected with the Islanders’ seventh choice, 136th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He was claimed by the Rangers from Calgary in the 2000 NHL Waiver Draft on September 29.