MIchael Nylander BOS

Nylander And Lundmark signed

After a relatively quiet start to the Summer, the Rangers today announced their first major free agent signing of the off-season with the addition of center Michael Nylander.  The Swedish pivot who began last season centering fellow Ranger Jaromir Jagr, is coming off a year in which he was limited to just 18 regular season games after missing much of the season with a broken bone.  Nylander finished off the year in Boston where he managed 3 goals and 6 points in the first round exit by the Bruins.

The deal is said to be worth $8.9 million over three years with Nylander set to make $2.9 million in 2004-05.  There is also an option for a 4th season in 2007-08 season, when the veteran center will be 36 years of age.

OTG’s Take:
The Rangers were in search of a #1 center and they were perhaps looking for someone who would also make Jaromir Jagr happy, in Michael Nylander they get both.  Nylander provides the playmaking center that the Rangers were looking for, and takes the pressure off of the likes of Lundmark, Moore, Betts and Helminen as well as allowing Bobby Holik to play more of a line-matching role which he is better suited to.  Perhaps the only knock against the deal is the 3 years for a player who is 32 and coming off a year in which he played just 18 regular season games.

Michael NylanderPosition: Center
Height / Weight : 6-1 / 195
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 1991 – 3rd Round (59th), Hartford WhalersBirthdate: 10/3/1972
Birth Place: Edmonton, AB – Canada
Contract: Believed to be 1 year – $1.13 million
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIMPPSHGGWS
1991-92AIKSEL4011172830
1992-93HartfordNHL59112233-73630185
1993-94CalgaryNHL15291110600021
1993-94HartfordNHL58113344-22440174
1993-94SpringfieldAHL40990
1994-95CalgaryNHL6011120002
1994-95JYPFNL16111930063
1995-96CalgaryNHL73173855020406163
1996-97LuganoSWI3612435528
1997-98CalgaryNHL651323361024002117
1998-99CalgaryNHL9235121007
1998-99Tampa BayNHL24279-10600026
1999-00Tampa BayNHL11123-3410010
1999-00ChicagoNHL66232851926402112
2000-01ChicagoNHL82253964732405176
2001-02ChicagoNHL821546612850602158
2002-03ChicagoNHL90440400020
2002-03WashingtonNHL71173956336702141
2003-04WashingtonNHL3022180001
2003-04BostonNHL151111231400129


Rangers announce re-signing of Jamie Lundmark
New York also announced today the re-signing of restricted free agent Jamie Lundmark who is rumored to have accepted his one year $1.13 million qualifying offer.  Lundmark is coming off a sophomore season in which he registered just 2 goals and 8 assists in 56 appearances after suffering an early knee injury as a result of a knee on knee collision with the Islanders’ Michael Peca.

The contract will be the second of Lundmark’s young career, with the 23 year old forward coming off of his initial three year entry level deal. 

OTG’s Take:
There were plenty of rumors that Lundmark would not be back with the Rangers this year, gone in a draft day trade.  As it happens Lundmark now finds himself in a position to once again prove that he’s got what it takes, although it’s fair to say he has less competition this season and could well have the opportunity to move back to his natural center position. 

Jamie LundmarkPosition: Center /  Wing
Height / Weight : 6-0 / 197
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 1999 – 1st Round (9th), New York RangersBirthdate: 1/16/1981
Birth Place: Stockholm – Sweden
Contract: 3 years – $8.9 million with a 4th year option
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIMPPSHGGWS
1998-99Moose JawWHL70405191121
1999-00Moose JawWHL3721274833
2000-01SeattleWHL5235427749
2001-02HartfordAHL79273259-17561013226
2002-03HartfordAHL229918+21821172
2002-03New YorkNHL5581119-31600078
2003-04New YorkNHL562810-83300168
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