Category: Signings

Connecticut signs forward Jordie Johnston

Assistant GM (and GM of the Connecticut Whale) Jim Schoenfeld continues to be active, as he has signed another player to an AHL contract. This time, Schoenfeld has inked undrafted forward Jordie Johnston out of Ferris State.

Johnston, who stand at 6’0 and 180 lbs, finished his four-year career at Ferris State with a career line of 30-27-57 with 102 PIMs in 136 games. Following graduation, Johnston played three games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but was not given a contract.

Whale ink defenseman Sebastien Piche

The Whale sure are busy right now. Just two days after adding Danny Hobbs to an AHL deal, and one day after announcing the training camp roster, Connecticut has announced that they have signed defenseman Sebastien Piche to an AHL contract.

The 6’0 194 lb. defenseman has spent the last three seasons in the AHL and ECHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning organizations. In 42 career AHL games, Piche has zero goals and five assists. Piche will likely bounce between the Whale and the Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL) while with the Rangers organization.

Piche’s signing is a depth move for the Whale as they look to solidify their roster for the upcoming season.

Connecticut adds Danny Hobbs to AHL deal

While the Rangers practice themselves, the Connecticut Whale are preparing to open training camp soon. They have added forward Danny Hobbs to an AHL deal. Hobbs, the Rangers 7th round pick in 2007, was not signed by the Rangers after his senior season (2011-2012) at UMass-Amherst.

With the Whale adding Hobbs to an AHL deal, and the Rangers passing on adding him via an ELC, the organization gets the opportunity to develop Hobbs without having him count against the 50 contract limit.

In four years at UMass-Amherst, Hobbs finished with a line of 28-35-63 in 120 games, with 76 PIMs.

Rangers ink St. Croix, place several on waivers

Per Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers have signed prospect Michael St. Croix to an entry level deal:

The deal is great for both sides. St. Croix has the potential to be a fantastic scorer in the league, especially considering how he has dominated the WHL. As Lavoie noted, the deal is for $575,000 annually with a $270,000 signing bonus, for a cap hit of $665,000. This also means that St. Croix can play in the AHL in the event of a lockout (if he doesn’t stick with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL).

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Rangers re-sign Eminger

First off, apologies for the blog being down yesterday. There was a major GoDaddy outage, and we were affected by it. Naturally, during two months of no Ranger news, the day we have an outage is the day the Rangers make a move.

The organization decided that they want a third year of Steve Eminger, and re-signed him to a one year, $750,000 deal. Eminger, a right-handed shot, was seeing top-four minutes for a good portion of the season last year before suffering a separated shoulder. The injury cost him 21 games, and then an ankle injury cost him 12 more regular season and seven playoff games.

In 107 career games for the Rangers, Eminger has four goals, seven assists, and 50 PIMs. He’s not being paid to score, he’s being paid to be serviceable in his own end and provide solid depth defense. Looking at his GVT and DGVT numbers from last year, he did just that. His 1.2 GVT and 1.5 DGVT in 42 games average out to a 2.34 GVT and a 2.92 DGVT over 82 games. Using handy-dandy PVT, having Eminger as a depth defenseman gave the Rangers an extra point in the standings.

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Rangers re-sign Stralman

According to Kevin Allen of USA Today, the Rangers have re-signed RFA defenseman Anton Stralman to a 2-year deal, avoiding arbitration.  The deal totals 3.4 million, 1.6 and 1.8 million per season respectively.  More info to come as it becomes available.

Minor signing: Rangers add defenseman Sean Collins

In their second minor signing of the day, the Blueshirts have reportedly inked 28-year old defenseman Sean Collins.

Collins went undrafted but has been a member of the Washington Capitals’ organization for the last six years.  During that time, Collins has seen 21 games of NHL action and registered two goals and an assist.  Collins, a right-handed shot, has primarily played for the AHL’s Hershey Bears and has tallied eight goals and 48 assists in 255 games with the club. Read more »

Minor signing: Rangers sign Brandon Segal

In another depth move designed to strengthen the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers have signed RW Brandon Segal. Terms of the deal are still undisclosed, but Segal is likely going to be an insurance policy for the CT Whale, as the 29 year old winger has just 102 NHL games under his belt (11-11-22).

The 6’2″, 209 lb RW plays consistent minutes in the AHL, but has never found the kind of consistency that would help him stick at the NHL level. It is likely that Segal would be an injury call up during the season, if the need arises.

Minor signing: Rangers add Logan Pyett

Amidst all the hubbub over the Jeff Halpern signing and Rick Nash trade rumors, the Rangers made another depth move this morning, adding 24-year-old defenseman Logan Pyett to the mix.

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Rangers Sign Jeff Halpern

In a surprising move late Monday night the Rangers made their fourth free agent signing of the summer, reportedly inking 36-year-old Jeff Halpern to a one-year deal.

The big draw of Halpern (no pun intended) is that he won 58.4% of faceoffs in 2011-2012.  That was a major area of weakness for the Blueshirts a year ago.

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