Michal Rozsival

Rozsival, Two Others Signed

Rangers Sign Rozsival
The Rangers have announced that they have signed free agent defenseman Michal Rozsival to an NHL contract.  The 27 year old defenseman became a free agent in 2004 after the Penguins decided against tendering an offer to the oft-injured defenseman who missed all but one game in the 2003-04 season with a knee injury.  The Czech native returned to his homeland last season during the lockout and split time between Trinec and league champions Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga, registering 2 goals and 13 assists in 51 appearances.

Rozsival is seen as a puck moving defenseman who can contribute from the point on the power play, and averaged 20:25 in ice time with the Penguins in the 2002-03 season, his last in the NHL.  Going into camp, it appears that Rozsival has the inside track on one of the final defensive spots on the roster.

Michal Rozsival
Height: 6-1Age: 27
Weight: 209Birthday: September 2, 1978
Position: DefenseBirthplace: Vlasim – Czech Republic
Shoots: LeftDrafted: 1996 NHL Entry Draft – Pittsburgh Penguins – #105 (4th round)
Terms: undisclosed
1996-1997Swift Current BroncosWHL6383139080000 
1997-1998Swift Current BroncosWHL711455690122000 
1998-1999Syracuse CrunchAHL4932225072000 
1999-2000Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL754172111481073 
2000-2001Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL301453260017 
2000-2001Wilkes-Barre PenguinsAHL2988163322159 
2001-2002Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7992029-6474089 
2002-2003Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL534610-5401061 
2003-2004Wilkes-Barre PenguinsAHL100002001 
Total  50153176229253981300 

Jed Ortmeyer Signs

The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed forward Jed Ortmeyer.  Signed as an undrafted free agent May 22nd of 2003, Ortmeyer won the hearts of minds of the organization with his work ethic and hustle on the ice.  After starting his first pro season in Hartford, the former captain of the Michigan Wolverines played 58 NHL games, registering 2 goals and 4 assists along with 16 penalty minutes.  During the lockout last season, Ortmeyer elected to join the Hartford Wolf Pack where he registered 7 goals and 20 assists including a hat trick.  Ortmeyer is expected to compete for an NHL roster spot on the 4th line coming out of camp.

Jed Ortmeyer
Height: 6-1Age: 27
Weight: 186Birthday: September 3, 1978
Position: Right WingBirthplace: Omaha, NE – USA
Shoots: RightDrafted: Undrafted
Terms: undisclosed

Weller Re-signs
The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed forward Craig Weller.  Signed as free agent in the Spring of 2002, Weller began the transition to forward last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  A rugged competitor, Weller has shown a willingness to drop the gloves and stand up for his team mates as well as contribute the odd goal.  Weller is expected to return to the Wolf Pack this season for his fourth season as a professional.

Craig Weller
Height: 6-2Age: 24
Weight: 180Birthday: March 17, 1981
Position: F/DBirthplace: Rochester, MN – USA
Shoots: RightDrafted: Undrafted
Terms: undisclosed
2000-2001Kootenay IceWHL3015640 
2000-2001U of Minnesota-DuluthWCHA60110 
2001-2002Kootenay IceWHL6951318127 
2002-2003Charlotte CheckersECHL483111484 
2002-2003Hartford Wolf PackAHL110008 
2003-2004Hartford Wolf PackAHL502686560079 
2004-2005Hartford Wolf PackAHL7610919618240118 
Total  2902145661249740197 
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