Rangers Sign Free Agent Defenseman Vladimir Malakhov
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Vladimir Malakhov. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Malakhov, 31, registered one goal and four assists for five points in 25 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils. A veteran of eight seasons in the National Hockey League, Malakhov missed the first 54 games of last season while recovering from off-season knee surgery. He returned to the lineup on February 12, playing in seven games before being traded to New Jersey on March 1. In 17 regular season matches with the Devils, Malakhov registered one goal and four assists, along with 19 penalty minutes. In 23 playoff outings, he tallied one goal and four assists, along with 18 penalty minutes while helping the Devils capture the Stanley Cup championship.
The 6-4, 230-pound defenseman has tallied 70 goals and 201 assists for 271 points, along with 477 penalty minutes in 466 career NHL games with the Islanders, Montreal and New Jersey. In 58 career playoff matches, Malakhov has collected 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists), along with 52 penalty minutes. Malakhov finished the 1998-99 season leading Montreal defensemen with 34 points, while placing eighth in the NHL among defensemen with 13 goals.
Prior to his professional career, the native of Ekaterinburg, Russia played four seasons with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Elite League. Malakhov was originally drafted by the New York Islanders, as their 12th choice, 191st overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.