New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Tom Poti. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We're excited to have Tom under contract for next season," said Sather. "He'll be a key contributor to our defensive corps this year."
Poti, 25, appeared in 66 games with the Rangers and Edmonton Oilers last season, collecting two goals and 23 assists for 25 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He was acquired by New York from Edmonton on March 19th, along with Rem Murray, in exchange for Mike York and a 2002 fourth round draft choice (Ivan Koltsov). Poti made the first Olympic appearance of his career for Team USA at the XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, registering one assist in six matches, while helping the United States capture the silver medal.
The 6-3, 215-pounder has appeared in 296 career regular season contests with New York and Edmonton, registering 28 goals and 85 assists for 113 points, along with 211 penalty minutes. In post-season play, Poti appeared in 15 contests with the Oilers, collecting four assists and four penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Oilers, Poti skated in 76 matches with Boston University of Hockey East (HE) for two seasons, registering 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points. He was selected to the NCAA East First All-American Team and named a Hockey East First Team All-Star in 1998. Poti was also named to the 1997 NCAA All-Tournament Team, helping to lead Boston University to the NCAA Championship.
The Worcester, Massachusetts native was originally selected by Edmonton with its fourth choice, 59th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.