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Rangers Agree to Terms with Brendan Lemieux

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brendan Lemieux.

Lemieux, 24, skated in 59 games with the Rangers this past season, registering six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, along with 111 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, penalty minutes, and hits (164). Lemieux ranked second in the NHL in penalty minutes and tied for fifth in the league in major penalties (five) this past season. In addition, he ranked third in the NHL (min. 30 games played) in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time (2.53) and ranked seventh in the NHL in penalties drawn (32) in 2019-20. Lemieux led the Rangers in penalties drawn and ranked second on the team (led team forwards) in hits this past season, and the Rangers posted a 12-3-1 record in games which he registered a point in 2019-20. He also skated in one game during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

The 6-1, 213-pounder has skated in 131 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20) with Winnipeg and the Rangers, registering 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points, along with 240 penalty minutes. Lemieux is one of two NHL players who have recorded at least 100 penalty minutes in each of the last two seasons (along with Evander Kane). He ranked second in the NHL (min. 20 games played) in minor penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time in 2018-19 (2.63), and he leads the NHL (min. 20 games played) in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time since the start of the 2018-19 season (2.84). Lemieux has skated in 78 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), registering nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points, along with 155 penalty minutes.

The Denver, Colorado native was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lemieux was acquired by the Rangers from Winnipeg on February 25, 2019.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Ryan Strome

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Ryan Strome.

Strome, 27, skated in 70 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points, along with a plus-21 rating and 48 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, and average ice time (19:35), and he was one goal away from tying his career-high. Strome was also one of only four Rangers who skated in each of the team's 70 regular season games this past season. He tied for 27th in the NHL in assists and tied for 18th in the NHL in primary assists (27) in 2019-20; he also tied for sixth among NHL centers in primary assists and tied for 12th among NHL centers in assists during the season. Strome was one of only two NHL forwards who logged at least 200:00 of power play ice time and at least 150:00 of shorthanded ice time this past season (along with Ryan O'Reilly), and he was one of three NHL centers who registered 59 or more points and a plus-20 rating or better during the season (along with Brayden Point and Sean Couturier). Strome also tallied two assists in three games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

The 6-1, 193-pounder has skated in 491 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2013-14 - 2019-20) with the NY Islanders, Edmonton, and the Rangers, registering 95 goals and 159 assists for 254 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 268 penalty minutes. Strome has also skated in 133 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), recording 36 goals and 56 assists for 92 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 98 penalty minutes. Since he was acquired by the Rangers from Edmonton on November 16, 2018, he is the only player who has skated in each of the Blueshirts' 133 regular season games, and he ranks third on the team in goals and points over the span. Strome has also tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 18 career playoff games.

The Mississauga, Ontario native was originally selected by the NY Islanders in the first round, fifth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Gabriel Fontaine and Darren Raddysh

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agents Gabriel Fontaine and Darren Raddysh.

Fontaine, 23, has skated in 153 career American Hockey League (AHL) games over three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20), all with the Hartford Wolf Pack, registering 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in games played (72), goals (11), assists (15), and points (26) in 2018-19.

The 6-1, 203-pounder received the Wolf Pack's Unsung Hero Award in 2017-18. Fontaine registered 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) and two penalty minutes in 68 games as a rookie in 2017-18, and he was the only AHL player who skated in at least 60 games and was assessed two or fewer penalty minutes during the season. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played parts of four seasons (2013-14 - 2016-17) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and he helped the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies win the QMJHL Championship in 2015-16.

The Sherbrooke, Quebec native was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 171st overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Raddysh, 24, skated in 62 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering six goals and 22 assists for 28 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 33 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in assists and plus/minus rating in 2019-20. Raddysh ranked second on the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating, tied for third in assists, and ranked fifth in points this past season. In addition, he tied for first among Hartford defensemen in assists, and ranked second among Hartford defensemen in goals and points in 2019-20.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Tony DeAngelo

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Tony DeAngelo.

DeAngelo, 24, skated in 68 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 47 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and games played. DeAngelo became the first Rangers defenseman to record at least 50 points in a season since Brian Leetch in 2001-02, and he also became the first Rangers defenseman to tally at least 15 goals in a season since Leetch in 2000-01. He tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals and points, and tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists, power play assists (16), and power play points (19) this past season.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Alexandar Georgiev

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Georgiev, 24, appeared in 34 games with the Rangers this past season, posting a 17-14-2 record, along with a 3.04 GAA, a .910 SV%, and 2 SO. He established career-bests in several categories in 2019-20, including appearances, games started (32), and wins, and he led Rangers goaltenders in all three categories during the season. Georgiev won 13 games in which he made 30 or more saves this past season, which was tied for the sixth-most in the NHL. He posted a 13-5-1 record in 19 road appearances in 2019-20; his 13 road wins were tied for the fifth-most in the NHL during the season, and his .921 SV% on the road was tied for the ninth-best in the NHL (min. 10 road appearances). Georgiev posted a six-game road winning streak from November 23, 2019 at Montreal to December 28, 2019 at Toronto, and his six-game road winning streak was tied for the third-longest by a Rangers goaltender in franchise history (trailing only Mike Richter (eight games in 1996-97) and Dave Kerr (seven games in 1934-35)). Georgiev also tied for ninth among NHL goaltenders (min. 23 appearances) in SV% while shorthanded this past season (.888).

The 6-1, 178-pounder has appeared in 77 career games over parts of three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20), all with the Rangers, posting a 35-31-7 record, along with a 3.00 GAA, a .913 SV%, and 4 SO. Georgiev holds the Rangers franchise record for saves in a game which the team won (55 - February 10, 2019 vs. Toronto), and he also holds the franchise record for saves by a Rangers goaltender in his NHL debut (38 - February 22, 2018 at Montreal). He ranked second among NHL rookie goaltenders in appearances (33) and saves (966), and ranked fourth among NHL rookies goaltenders in wins (14) during the 2018-19 season.

The Ruse, Bulgaria native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on July 19, 2017. Georgiev is the only Bulgarian-born player in NHL history.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Phillip Di Giuseppe

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Phillip Di Giuseppe.

Di Giuseppe, 27, split this past season between the Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in 20 NHL games with the Rangers in 2019-20, and the Blueshirts posted a 12-7-1 record in the 20 games which he played during the season. Di Giuseppe averaged 9.70 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this past season; he led the Rangers - and ranked 23rd in the NHL (min. 10 games played) - in shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 in 2019-20. He made his Rangers debut on February 3, 2020 vs. Dallas, and he tallied his first goal as a Ranger on February 27, 2020 at Montreal. Di Giuseppe also skated in three games with the Rangers in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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Lafrenière Signs Entry-Level Contract

First Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Entry Draft Signs Entry-Level Contract; Will wear No. 13

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Alexis Lafrenière on an entry-level contract.

Lafrenière, 19 (he turned 19 years old yesterday), skated in 52 games with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this past season, registering 35 goals and 77 assists for 112 points, along with a plus-41 rating and 50 penalty minutes.

Tweet from @NYRangers: Got drafted first overall ������Turned 19 ������Signed his first pro contract ������Pretty decent week for @Alexlaff13. pic.twitter.com/ojWj4TvpXsHe received several awards in 2019-20; he was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Year, received the Michel Briere Trophy as the QMJHL's Most Valuable Player, received the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL's Best Professional Prospect, received the Paul Dumont Trophy as the QMJHL's Personality of the Year (which recognizes an individual who had a positive media impact and helped improve the league's image during a season), and won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the QMJHL's leading point scorer. Lafrenière led the QMJHL in points and assists, tied for fifth in the league in shots on goal (261), ranked eighth in the QMJHL in plus/minus rating, and tied for 10th in the league in goals this past season. He averaged 2.15 points per game in 2019-20, becoming the first QMJHL player to average at least 2.15 points per game in a season (min. 20 games played) since Jonathan Drouin in 2013-14 (2.35), as well as the first player in any of the three Canadian Major Junior Hockey Leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League) to average at least 2.15 points per game in a season (min. 20 games played) since Connor McDavid in 2014-15 (2.55).

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Rangers Announce Six Free Agent Signings

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with six free agents:


Kevin Rooney (Forward)

Rooney, 27, skated in 49 games with the New Jersey Devils this past season, registering four goals and five assists for nine points, along with a plus-eight rating and 20 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including games played and plus/minus rating, and he led New Jersey in plus/minus rating during the season. Rooney posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 43 of 49 games he played this past season, and he was on the ice for only 10 even strength goals against in 470:43 of even strength ice time. He had an on-ice even strength goals for percentage of 60.0% this past season (15 even strength goals for and 10 even strength goals against), which was tied for the 25th-best among NHL forwards (min. 40 games played).

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Free Agent Defenseman Jack Johnson

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Jack Johnson.

Johnson, 33, has skated in 937 career NHL games over parts of 14 seasons (2006-07 - 2019-20) with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 70 goals and 232 assists for 302 points, along with 521 penalty minutes. He has averaged at least 19:00 of ice time per game in each of his 13 full seasons in the NHL, as well as 20:00 or more of ice time per game in 10 of those 13 seasons. Johnson has tallied at least 20 assists and 30 points in five different seasons throughout his career. In addition, he has registered 100 or more blocked shots in nine different seasons and 100 or more hits in seven different seasons in the NHL. Johnson ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in hits in 2018-19 (233), establishing a career-high in hits during the season. He served as an alternate captain for several seasons during his tenure with the Blue Jackets.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Brandon Crawley

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Crawley.

Crawley, 23, split this past season between the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Maine Mariners of the ECHL. He registered 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 36 penalty minutes in 38 ECHL games with Maine in 2019-20. Crawley skated in nine AHL games with the Wolf Pack this past season, recording six penalty minutes.

The 6-1, 202-pounder has skated in 123 career AHL games over parts of three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20), all with the Wolf Pack, registering five goals and 15 assists for 20 points, along with 216 penalty minutes. Crawley established AHL career-highs in goals (three), assists (12), points (15), and penalty minutes (111) in 2018-19, and he also ranked sixth among AHL defensemen in penalty minutes during the season. He also led AHL rookies in penalty minutes in 2017-18 (99).

The Glen Rock, New Jersey native was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 123rd overall, of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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