New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that the club has reached a contract agreement with forward Pascal Rheaume. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Rheaume will join the Rangers immediately.
Rheaume, 30, was previously skating with the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he had appeared in one contest this season. Last year, he skated in 77 games with the Atlanta Thrashers and the New Jersey Devils, registering eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, along with 32 penalty minutes. Rheaume began the season with the Thrashers, collecting four goals and nine assists for 13 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 56 contests, prior to being traded to the Devils on February 24 in exchange for a 2004 conditional draft choice. He appeared in 21 matches with New Jersey, registering four goals and one assist for five points, along with eight penalty minutes. In addition, Rheaume appeared in 24 post-season contests with the Devils, posting one goal and two assists for three points, helping New Jersey capture the Stanley Cup.
Beginning his eighth season in the National Hockey League, Rheaume has appeared in 263 career NHL contests with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers, registering points 38 goals and 49 assists for 87 points, along with 131 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in assists (18) and points (27) while playing for St. Louis in 1998-99. In Stanley Cup playoff action, Rheaume has skated in 42 matches, collecting three goals and six assists for nine points, along with 25 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 220-pounder also teamed with current Rangers goaltender Mike Dunham on the 1995 Calder Cup champion Albany River Rats team, finishing the American Hockey League playoffs with nine points (three goals, six assists). Prior to joining the professional ranks, Rheaume recorded 45 goals and 54 assists for 99 points, along with 172 penalty minutes, in 130 games for Trois-Rivieres Draveurs and Sherbrooke Faucons of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), from 1991-92 to 1992-93.
The native of Quebec City, Quebec was originally signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils on October 1, 1993.