Rangers Sign Free Agent Defenseman Hannu Pikkarainen
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Hannu Pikkarainen.
Pikkarainen, 21, appeared in 49 games with HIFK Helsinki in the SM-Liiga (Finland) last season, registering seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. His seven goals ranked second among all Helsinki defensemen, while his 13 assists and 20 points were third among team blueliners. His teammates during the 2004-05 season included Tomas Vokoun, Marek Zidlicky, Olli Jokinen, and John Madden.
The 6-1, 187-pounder has appeared in 111 career games with HIFK Helsinki, registering eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points, along with 50 penalty minutes. In addition, Pikkarainen skated in 22 post-season contests for the club, collecting two penalty minutes.
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