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Rangers Sign Defenseman Jason Marshall

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jason Marshall. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marshall, 33, appeared in 24 games with the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks last season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 26 penalty minutes. Prior to the trade, he skated in 12 games with the Wild, posting one goal and four assists for five points, along with 18 penalty minutes. Marshall was acquired by San Jose on March 3, 2004 in exchange for a 2004 fifth round draft pick (Jean-Claude Sawyer). After joining the Sharks, he collected two assists and eight penalty minutes in 12 contests. During the Stanley Cup playoffs, Marshall skated in each of San Jose's 17 post-season contests, collecting one assist and 25 penalty minutes. In addition, he also skated in 49 games with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points, along with 87 penalty minutes.

The 6-2, 200-pounder has appeared in 503 career games with San Jose, the St. Louis Blues, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild, registering 16 goals and 47 assists for 63 points, along with 970 penalty minutes. Marshall posted career bests in several categories during the 2001-02 season when he appeared in 80 games, tallied five goals and collected 11 points.

A native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Marshall was originally St. Louis' first choice, ninth overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Anaheim from St. Louis in exchange for Bill Houlder on August 29, 1994. Marshall was acquired by Washington on March 13, 2001 from Anaheim in exchange for Alexei Tezikov and a 2001 fourth round draft choice (Brandon Rogers). He signed as free agent with Minnesota on July 2, 2001.
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