New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed free agent left wing Zdeno Ciger. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Ciger, 32, appeared in 53 matches with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Republic Extraleague last season, registering 17 goals and 32 assists for 49 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. His 49 points ranked fifth on the team and 15th in the league. He also skated in eight post-season contests, tallying six goals and three assists for nine points, along with 16 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 200-pounder appeared in 296 NHL matches over six seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers from 1990 through 1996, registering 82 goals and 121 assists for 203 points, along with 75 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 13 career playoff games, all with New Jersey, collecting two goals and six assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes. During the 1995-96 season, his last in the NHL, Ciger ranked second on the Oilers in scoring with 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 78 matches. He registered career-highs in all offensive categories, tallying 31 goals and 39 assists. He also ranked first on the team in goals (31) and second in assists (39).
Ciger skated in 258 games with Dukla Trencin and HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Republic Extraleague from 1994 through 2001, registering 129 goals and 186 assists for 315 points, along with 88 penalty minutes. In post-season play, he collected 19 goals and 43 assists for 62 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 47 playoff games. In addition, Ciger led HC Slovan Bratislava in scoring three seasons (1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-00) and the Slovak Republic Extraleague twice (1997-98 and 1998-99). Ciger was also a key member of the 1998 and 2000 HC Slovan Bratislava teams that captured the Slovak Republic Extraleague playoff championship.
The Martin, Czechoslovakia native was originally New Jersey's third round choice, 54th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.