New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Kevin Weekes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Weekes, 29, appeared in 66 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, posting a record of 23-30-11, along with a 2.33 goals against average. He established new career-highs in appearances (66), wins (23), shutouts (6) and goals against average (2.33), while his six shutouts tied for sixth in the NHL and tied a Carolina franchise record. Weekes also posted a new career-best shutout sequence of 183:16 from October 22 to October 30. He is now one of just two goaltenders in NHL history to improve his goals against average in six consecutive seasons (Curtis Joseph - min. 10 games played).
The 6-0, 195-pounder has appeared in 277 career games with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes, posting a record of 78-136-33, along with a 2.86 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. In 2002 post-season action, Weekes helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Finals, appearing in eight post-season matches, while posting a record of 3-2, along with a 1.62 goals against average and two shutouts. His 1.62 goals against average and .939 save percentage were second in the league during the 2002 playoffs. Weekes also established a Carolina franchise record for shutouts in one playoff season with two. In addition, he appeared in 156 games for the Carolina Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Fort Wayne Komets and Detroit Vipers of the now-defunct International Hockey League (IHL), posting a 69-60-20 record along with a 3.37 goals against average.
Prior to turning professional, he spent three seasons (1992-1995) with the Owen Sound Platers and Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), appearing in 104 career games and posting a career record of 35-54-10, along with a 4.63 goals against average.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Weekes was originally Florida's second round choice, 41st overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Vancouver from Florida, along with Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown and a 2000 first round draft choice (Nathan Smith) in exchange for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a 2000 third round draft choice (Robert Fried) on January 17, 1999. Weekes was acquired by the Islanders on December 19, 1999 from Vancouver, along with Dave Scatchard and Bill Muckalt in exchange for Felix Potvin and 2000 second (Teemu Laine) and third (Thatcher Bell) round draft choices. He was obtained by Tampa Bay from the Islanders on June 24, 2000, along with the rights to Kristian Kudroc and a 2001 second round draft choice (Matthew Spiller) in exchange for 2001 first (Raffi Torres), fourth (Vladimir Gorbunov) and seventh (Ryan Caldwell) round draft choices. On March 5, 2002, he was acquired by Carolina from Tampa Bay in exchange for Shane Willis and Chris Dingman.