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New York Rangers Fan Club

by Toby Ivey

Rangers Call In Cullen
July 1, 2006

The first name free agent to sign with the Rangers will be coming fresh off a Stanley Cup win.  Matt Cullen today agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on a multi-year deal.  The former 2nd round pick had a career year last season scoring 25 goals and 49 points, both career highs.  Set to turn 30 later this year, Cullen will join his fourth NHL team following stints with Anaheim, Florida and Carolina.

In terms of impact to the Rangers, it appears as if they have signed him to slot into the second line center spot.  Cullen does not have particularly impressive offensive statistics, but had a 52.1% win rate in the face-off circle and will bring some stability to that part of the game.  The signing means Jarkko Immonen will now likely have to beat out Dominic Moore to force a re-working of the center position.
 
Matt Cullen
Height: 6-1 Age: 29
Weight: 210 Birthday: November 2, 1976
Position: Center Birthplace: Virginia MN, USA
Shoots: Left Drafted: 1996 NHL Entry Draft - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim - #35 (2nd round)
Salary: 4 years, 11.2 million
 
 REGULAR SEASON
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG SOG  
1995-1996 St Cloud State NCAA 39 12 29 41 - 28 - - -  
1996-1997 St Cloud State NCAA 36 15 30 45 - 70 - - -  
1996-1997 Baltimore Bandits AHL 6 3 3 6 - 7 - - -  
1997-1998 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 18 15 12 27 - 2 - - -  
1997-1998 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 61 6 21 27 -4 23 2 0 75  
1998-1999 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 3 1 2 3 - 8 - - -  
1998-1999 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 75 11 14 25 -12 47 5 1 112  
1999-2000 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 80 13 26 39 +5 24 1 0 137  
2000-2001 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 82 10 30 40 -23 38 4 0 159  
2001-2002 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 79 18 30 48 -1 24 3 1 164  
2002-2003 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 50 7 14 21 -4 12 2 1 54  
2002-2003 Florida Panthers NHL 30 6 6 12 -4 22 1 0 77  
2003-2004 Florida Panthers NHL 56 6 13 19 -2 24 1 0 75  
2004-2005 Cortina ITA 36 27 33 60 - 64 - - -  
2005-2006 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 25 24 49 +4 40 8 0 214  
NHL Totals     591 102 178 280 -41 254 - - -  


RACHUNEK BACK WITH RANGERS

It had been expected for some time, but the Rangers opened up the July 1st free agency period with the official announcement that defenseman Karel Rachunek has agreed to terms with the club.  According to TSN, the deal was worth 1.8 million for one year.

New York acquired Rachunek along with Alexandre Giroux in the March 2004 trade that sent Greg de Vries to Ottawa.   Rachunek played out the remainder of the NHL season with the Rangers, and then left for Europe during the lockout season.  With the lockout still in effect, the Czech native elected to return for another season with Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League, and remained there after the lockout was resolved in August of last year.

Last season the former Senators 9th round draft pick registered the highest point total of any defenseman in the Russian league, and drew several positive reports about his play both in Russia and the Czech Republic the previous season.  Still questions remain about his motivations, and a previous hold-out while with the Senators and comments in the Czech media had lead to speculation about whether he really wants to play in New York.

 With Rachunek under contract, the Rangers now have four defensemen (Rachunek, Kasparaitis, Ozolinsh and Malik) under contract and two more (Rozsival and Tyutin) in which they have offered qualifying contracts to.
 
Karel Rachunek #23
Height: 6-2 Age: 26
Weight: 212 Birthday: August 27, 1979
Position: Defense Birthplace: Gottwaldov, Czech Republic
Shoots: Right Drafted: 1997 NHL Entry Draft - Ottawa Senators - #229 (9th round)
Salary: 1 year - 1.8 million
 
 REGULAR SEASON
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG SOG  
1997-1998 HC Zlin CZE 27 1 2 3 - 16 - - -  
1998-1999 HC Zlin CZE 39 3 9 12 - 88 - - -  
1999-2000 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 62 6 20 26 - 64 - - -  
1999-2000 Ottawa Senators NHL 6 0 0 0 - 2 - - -  
2000-2001 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 3 30 33 - 60 - - -  
2001-2002 Ottawa Senators NHL 51 3 15 18 - 24 - - -  
2002-2003 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv RUS 9 3 0 3 - 8 - - -  
2002-2003 Binghamton Senators AHL 6 0 2 2 - 10 - - -  
2002-2003 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 4 25 29 - 30 - - -  
2003-2004 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 1 16 17 - 29 - - -  
2003-2004 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 3 4 - 4 - - -  
2004-2005 Znojemsti Excalibur Orli CZE 21 5 6 11 - 55 - - -  
2004-2005 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv RUS 27 6 8 14 - 67 - - -  
2005-2006 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv RUS 45 11 20 31 - 73 - - -  
NHL Totals     258 12 89 101 - 149 - - -  


RANGERS BRING BACK VALIQUETTE

Needing another goaltender in the system, the Rangers went back to the past and signed free agent goaltender Stephen Valiquette.  Valiquette who played with Hartford and the Rangers in the 2003-04 season was originally acquired in the trade that sent Petr Nedved and Jussi Markkanen to Edmonton.  The 6'5" goaltender was part of the AHL league leading goaltending duo with Jason Labarbera in 2004-05 and then elected the following summer to play in Russia.  He will return to North America with the team that last held his rights.

While the signing of Valiquette could perhaps signal a possible trade of Al Montoya, it seems also likely that the Rangers secured Valliquette's services as insurance against injuries to the NHL goaltenders and to provide some support to Montoya as he enters his second professional season.

NOTE: Valiquette and Rachunek played for the same Russian Super League side last year, along with a former Ranger draft pick Ilja Gorokhov.
 
Stephen Valiquette
Height: 6-5 Age: 28
Weight: 205 Birthday: August 20, 1977
Position: Goaltender Birthplace: Etobicoke ON, Canada
Catches: Left Drafted: 1996 NHL Entry Draft - Los Angeles Kings - #190 (8th round)
Salary: Not published
 
 REGULAR SEASON
Season Team League GP Min W L T GA GAA SO SP  
1994-1995 Sudbury Wolves OHL 4 138 2 0 0 6 2.61 0 -  
1995-1996 Sudbury Wolves OHL 39 1887 13 16 2 - 3.91 0 -  
1996-1997 Sudbury Wolves OHL 61 3311 21 29 7 232 4.20 1 .899  
1996-1997 Dayton Bombers ECHL 3 89 1 0 0 6 4.03 0 .882  
1997-1999 Sudbury Wolves OHL 14 807 5 7 1 50 3.72 0 .904  
1997-1998 Erie Otters OHL 28 1525 16 7 3 65 2.56 3 .917  
1998-1999 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 1 59 0 1 0 3 3.05 0 .885  
1998-1999 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 31 1713 18 7 3 84 2.94 1 .916  
1999-2000 Trenton Titans ECHL 12 692 5 6 1 36 3.12 1 .902  
1999-2000 New York Islanders NHL 6 193 2 0 0 6 1.87 0 .949  
1999-2000 Providence Bruins AHL 1 60 1 0 0 3 3.00 0 .927  
1999-2000 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 14 727 8 5 0 36 2.97 0 .901  
2000-2001 Springfield Falcons AHL 20 1066 7 10 1 54 3.04 0 .907  
2001-2002 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 20 1071 10 5 1 45 2.52 2 .923  
2002-2003 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 34 1962 15 14 3 86 2.63 2 .912  
2003-2004 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 13 0 0 0 2 9.23 0 .714  
2003-2004 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 35 2064 14 14 5 89 2.59 2 .913  
2003-2004 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 7 400 2 4 1 15 2.25 1 .928  
2003-2004 New York Rangers NHL 2 119 1 1 0 6 3.03 0 .915  
2004-2005 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 35 1899 19 11 1 56 1.77 1 .935  
2005-2006 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv RUS 45 2734 - - - 89 1.95 0 .923  
NHL Totals     9 325 3 1 0 14 - - -  


GIRARDI REWARDED WITH NHL CONTRACT

The Rangers have added more depth to the blueline with the announcement of the signing of Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Dan Girardi.  Girardi joined the Wolf Pack last season as an undrafted rookie starting the season in Charlotte, but quickly making his mark at the AHL level.  He finished second to Thomas Pck in scoring from the blueline for the Pack and was selected for the 2005-06 AHL All-Rookie team.

Girardi is expected to start the season in Hartford, but there may be a chance that the Rangers give him a look if he can prove last year wasn't a fluke.
 
Daniel Girardi
Height: 6-1 Age: 22
Weight: 205 Birthday: April 29, 1984
Position: Defense Birthplace: Welland ON, Canada
Shoots: Right Drafted: Undrafted
Salary: Not published
 
 REGULAR SEASON
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG SOG  
2000-2001 Barrie Colts OHL 6 0 0 0 - 0 - - -  
2001-2002 Barrie Colts OHL 21 0 1 1 - 0 - - -  
2002-2003 Barrie Colts OHL 31 3 13 16 - 24 - - -  
2002-2003 Guelph Storm OHL 36 1 13 14 - 20 - - -  
2003-2004 Guelph Storm OHL 68 8 39 47 - 55 - - -  
2004-2005 Guelph Storm OHL 38 5 20 25 - 24 - - -  
2004-2005 London Knights OHL 31 4 10 14 - 14 - - -  
2005-2006 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 7 1 4 5 - 6 - - -  
2005-2006 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 66 8 31 39 - 44 - - -  
NHL Totals     - - - - - - - - -  

 


 

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