New York, July 6, 1999 -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Stephane Quintal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Quintal, 30, registered career highs in games played (82), goals (eight), assists (19) and points (27) last season with the Montreal Canadiens. His 27 points ranked second among Canadiens’ defensemen.
The 6-3, 230-pound defenseman has tallied 46 goals and 128 assists for 174 points, along with 944 penalty minutes in 675 career NHL matches with Boston, St. Louis, Winnipeg and Montreal. He has also added eight points (one goal, seven assists), along with 37 penalty minutes in 36 career playoff contests. Quintal was the recipient of the 1996-97 Jacques Beauchamp Molson Trophy, awarded annually to the Canadiens player who played a dominant role during the regular season.
Prior to his professional career, the native of Boucherville, Quebec played three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Granby and Hull. He amassed 28 goals and 81 assists for 109 points, along with 460 penalty minutes in 172 matches with the two clubs.
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