Blair Betts

Betting On Betts

The Rangers have announced today that they have signed center Blair Betts to a two years, $1.23 million extension.  The announcement is the first in several years for the Rangers, who have typically waited until the off-season to re-sign their players, but with Betts’ play both last year and this along with his relatively cheap price and impending free agency this summer, it appeared they wanted to lock him in.

New York acquired Betts as part of the purge back in 2004.  Betts was acquired along with Jamie McLennan and Greg Moore in exchange for Chris Simon.  Injured at the time, he didn’t play for the organization until the lockout season when he again suffered shoulder injuries that limited him to just 16 games.  Re-signed as a free agent, Betts proved to be a solid checking center in his debut season with the Rangers, and was one of the few players who played well in the 4-0 playoff series sweep by the New Jersey Devils to conclude the 2005-06 season.

Blair Betts
Height: 6-1Age: 26
Weight: 210Birthday: February 16, 1980
Position: CenterBirthplace: Edmonton, AB – Canada
Shoots: LeftDrafted: 1998 NHL Entry Draft – Calgary Flames – #33 (2nd round)
Salary: signed to a extension worth $615,000 for each of 2007-08 and 2008-09, up from $550,000
 REGULAR SEASON
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIMPPGSHGSOG 
1996-1997Prince GeorgeWHL58121830 19    
1997-1998Prince GeorgeWHL71354176 38    
1998-1999Prince GeorgeWHL42202242 39    
1999-2000Prince GeorgeWHL44243559 38    
2000-2001St Johns FlamesAHL7513152862800139 
2001-2002Calgary FlamesNHL6101-12004 
2001-2002St Johns FlamesAHL67202949-310100214 
2002-2003Calgary FlamesNHL9134300016 
2002-2003St Johns FlamesAHL196713260053 
2003-2004Calgary FlamesNHL20123-1101021 
2004-2005Hartford Wolf PackAHL16549431138 
2005-2006New York RangersNHL668210-10240194 
2006-2007New York RangersAHL456170160175 
NHL Totals  14617825-95212210 
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