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Rangers sign defenseman Strudwick

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Jason Strudwick played in 65 regular-season games and three playoff games for the Rangers in 2005-06.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jason Strudwick.

Strudwick, 31, appeared in 34 games with HC Lugano of the Swiss-A League this season, registering two goals and three assists, along with 28 penalty minutes. He also collected four penalty minutes in six postseason contests with the Swiss club.

Last season, Strudwick skated in 65 games with the Rangers, tallying three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 66 penalty minutes. His three goals and seven points established career-highs, while his 15:31 of ice time also set a career-mark.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman has appeared in 428 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, and Rangers, registering a total of 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points, along with 636 penalty minutes.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Strudwick was originally drafted by the Islanders as the team's third round selection, 63rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Vancouver on March 23, 1998 in exchange for Gino Odjick. Strudwick signed as a free agent with Chicago on July 15, 2002. After the 2003-04 season, he signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 20, 2004.
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