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Rangers Sign Defenseman Vladimir Chebaturkin

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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

Chebaturkin, 27, appeared in 13 contests with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, collecting two assists and six penalty minutes. He recorded his first point/assist as a Blackhawk on January 14 against Edmonton. Chebaturkin also skated in 57 matches with Chicago’s top American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, recording two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 78 penalty minutes. He was recalled by the Blackhawks twice last year, joining the club for the remainder of the season on March 13.

The 6-3, 231-pounder has skated in 62 career games with the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, registering two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with 52 penalty minutes. During the 2000-01 season, Chebaturkin established career-highs in all offensive categories with the St. Louis Blues, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 26 penalty minutes in 22 games.

In addition, Chebaturkin has appeared in 344 contests with the American Hockey League’s Kentucky Thoroughblades, Lowell Lock Monsters, Worcester IceCats and Norfolk Admirals, along with the Utah Grizzlies of the International Hockey League, recording 11 goals and 47 assists for 58 points, along with 440 penalty minutes. Prior to beginning his professional career in North America, he skated for Kristall Elektrostal in the Commonwealth of Independent States League from 1993 through 1996, recording seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, along with 158 penalty minutes in 138 matches.

The Tyumen, Russia native was originally selected by Long Island with their third choice, 66th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by St. Louis as a free agent on June 25, 2000. Chicago signed Chebaturkin as a free agent on September 5, 2001.
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