Rangers sign forward Matt Lombardi

July 15, 2014, by

It appears that the Rangers have signed forward Matt Lombardi to a two-year contract. Injuries really hurt Lombardi’s NHL career, but he put up 20-30-50 in 46 games in the Swiss league last season. His last “full” NHL season was in 2011-2012, when he put up 8-10-18 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That was two years after his career high 19-34-53 with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009-2010. His metrics are pretty terrible though.

We need to note the source on this (I haven’t heard of this source before today). I’d like to assume this is an AHL depth move, but it’s rare that AHL guys get more than one year.

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  1. Frank Cerbone says:

    32 yr old, lefty shooting, finesse 4th line center that struggles on faceoffs.

    I tell you Clark is scouting players off the grid.

    This team is in trouble

  2. Chris72 says:

    I’m gonna assume the Rangers have a plan for all these “B” players. I’m guessing they are expecting major contributions from the kids and need to fill their spots on the AHL roster. 90% of their signings this offseason have been about organizational depth

    • Ray says:

      The Rangers do not need to sign players to fill out the Hartford roster. Hartford can and does sign its own players. I suppose the Rangers can get somewhat better players than the Pack can get for themselves, but the main point of these depth players is that they are NHL-eligible and can play as injury replacements. If you only have 14-15 forwards you would trust in a Ranger uniform, there may be a problem.

      I don’t understand this signing. It gives the Rangers 49 players, essentially meaning they are done and they don’t have thirteen decent forwards. In fat, you have to count Miller, Lindberg, Fast and the ridiculous Tanner Glass to get to 12. This looks like the 2012-13 Rangers with a great top six (MSL in place of Gaborik) and a dubious bottom six – more a Tortorella team than a Vigneault team.

      Still need to trade a defenseman or two for a quality forward.

  3. TxRanger says:

    This is an odd signing. Best of luck to him. Hopefully he still has some game.

  4. paulronty says:

    Isn’t there some sort of limit on how many older pros you can have on an AHL team? At least I thought there was. Is T.J. Hensick coming back to the Pack?