Rangers sign forward Josh Jooris

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The Rangers have signed UFA forward Josh Jooris (terms undisclosed), who was with the Calgary Flames the past two years. Over 119 games with Calgary, Jooris put up 16-21-37 as a bottom-six forward. The 26-year-old, right-handed forward will likely serve as a depth forward. It’s worth noting that Jooris hasn’t spent significant time in the AHL over the past two seasons.

Jooris is a curious signing, as the Rangers appear to be loading up on bottom-six guys. With Nathan Gerbe, Michael Grabner, and now Jooris in the mix, it appears the Rangers are preparing for life without Oscar Lindberg in the short term, and perhaps looking for cheaper solutions to the fourth line and Tanner Glass’ relative ineffectiveness.

It’ll be interesting to see where Jooris slots in. It doesn’t look like he’s AHL bound. Perhaps he’s the 13F. But with Gerbe, Jooris, Grabner, and Glass in the mix, it doesn’t look like Nicklas Jensen or Marek Hrivik will get serious looks this Fall. Jooris is highly regarded by stats folks as one of the best defensive forwards in the game. This sounds like a solid signing.

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    • Hockey-reference would disagree with you Amy. He has played almost 80 career AHL games since he turned pro two years ago.

  • Let’s hope with all these forward depth signings Glass stays in the AHL…all have better skill sets and better contracts…Glass out as 13F…Jensen in…

  • This is the type of signing the Rangers needed to make. Yesterday I noticed that the Rangers had 36 contracts (excluding Gropp, who will slide) and 5 RFAs yet to sign. More than half of NHL teams already had 42+ contracts and only three had fewer than 39 (Rangers were last).

    The Rangers needed bodies and the shortage was forwards. In some years, 20 or more forwards see some action. Before this, the Rangers had only 21 (counting the RFAs) and among those were Chapie, Stromwall, Tambellini, Nieves, Fogarty.

    With Lindberg injured, Brown pointless, and Buchnevich, Jensen question marks, the Rangers were potentially twelve deep on opening day – counting Glass, Gerbe, and Hrivik.

    The Rangers need a handful of guys like this and hopefully one or two pan out.

    • Yes, he does. The Rangers have a bit of a roster crunch right now.

      It’s going to be curious to see how this plays out. It’s similar to a couple years ago when Hunwick, Kampher, and Kostka were all signed to NHL contracts to play D. Kampher was dealt before camp ended, and Kostka and Hunwick were sent down and cleared waivers.

      • not really a crunch — there are always a handful of players that have to go through waivers and invariably they all clear. Last year was unusual in that it was believed that Etem and McIlrath wouldn’t clear.

        IIRC, Dale Weise is the only player the Rangers have lost in the last decade. Don’t anticipate any problems this year.

    • You said it, Four-Three.

      I saw a lot of Calgary last season, owing to my streaming package, plus the fact I’m in The West.

      Jooris has some jam to his game; no aversion to getting dirty. Going in the corners. Plus, he can play the pivot or RW. Defensively sound.

      His acquisition sends Gerbe–who shouldn’t be in the conversation–to The A.

      Now you can project Grabner and Jooris in a platoon, at either 3 or 4C, assuming Dom Moore’s role.

      A terrific pickup.

        • He and Sean Monaghan were a really solid PK team.

          You’ll like what you see in Jooris, Bloomer.

          Now if we can flip Rick Nash for Tommy Wingels and Matt Nieto… this will be a deeper, faster and hopefully nastier group.

  • I would say a very underrated signing. I like it a lot.

    But Hrivik is better than the Rangers are giving him credit for. This coach has a “thing” about certain players, both in favor of and in favor against, and it’s really annoying because he doesn’t play the best players available based on his misguided biases.

    I hate the coach.

    • You can see why AV won’t give “Frog” Hrivik his shot, Richter.

      His projectable size. Goes into the corners with gusto. Skates well. Seems to possess an above average hockey IQ.

      I mean, c’mon dude; what do we need that for?

      Swarty: we got anymore laughing gas?

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