The Rangers have signed former Ottawa Senators defenseman Brendan Bell to a deal today. The 6’1″ 205 lb defenseman played last season in the Swiss leagues, putting together a line of 2-9-11 with 14 PIMs in 29 games. The last time Bell saw NHL action was in the 2008-2009 season with the Senators, where he played in 53 games and ginished with a line of 6-15-21 with 24 PIMs. Bell spent all of the 2009-2010 season in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen and the Syracuse Crunch.
Although contract details have not been released, it is safe to assume Bell has been signed to a one year, two way deal that would presumably pay him the league minimum at the NHL level. Bell will likely serve as some competition for Steve Eminger, Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, and any of the other Ranger prospects vying for one of the last two spots on the blue line this year.