Layne Ulmer

Two More Signed

The Rangers announced today that they have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Martin Grenier.  Grenier was acquired in March, along with R J Umberger in the deal that sent left wing Martin Rucinsky to the Vancouver Canucks.  The rugged defenseman played out the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack and was part of the team that went to game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after returning from injury.

Grenier split time between the Manitoba Moose and Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL and appeared in 7 games with the Vancouver Canucks prior to the trade.  In 15 career NHL games, the former Colorado Avalanche draft pick has scored 1 goal and registered 14 penalty minutes. 

OTG’s Take:
Grenier is a depth defenseman who can help out with his fists.  He may get a look with the Rangers this year with the depleted roster, but it appears unlikely that he’ll be a regular NHLer in the near future..

Martin GrenierPosition: Defense
Height / Weight : 6-5 / 245
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 1999 – 2nd Round (45th), Colorado AvalancheBirthdate: 11/2/1980
Birth Place: Laval, PQ – Canada
Contract: undisclosed
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIMPPSHGGWS
1997-98QuebecQMJHL6141115202
1998-99QuebecQMJHL6071825479
1999-00QuebecQMJHL67113546302
2000-01QuebecQMJHL265162182
2000-01VictoriavilleQMJHL2891928108
2001-02SpringfieldAHL69268241
2001-02PhoenixNHL50005
2002-03SpringfieldAHL7321012232
2002-03PhoenixNHL30000
2003-04ManitobaAHL38549145
2003-04VancouverNHL71019
2003-04HartfordAHL12022105


Rangers announce re-signing of Layne Ulmer
Restricted free agent center Layne Ulmer was re-signed today.  The former WHL star originally signed with the Rangers as a free agent in 2002 after he was unable to come to terms with the Ottawa Senators.  The 6’1″ forward made his NHL debut last year with an appearance in the final game of the season, capping off his best pro year in which he totaled 22 goals and 16 assists in 76 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack.

OTG’s Take:
Ulmer has not been able to translate his junior career success into an NHL career as of yet and it appears the likelihood of him doing so is ever decreasing.  However, with only a limited number of forwards under contract, it was almost essential to re-sign the young centerman and he will get another chance to try and take the next step within the organization. 

Layne UlmerPosition: Center /  Wing
Height / Weight : 6-1 / 205
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 1999 – 7th Round (209th), Ottawa SenatorsBirthdate: 9/14/1980
Birth Place: North Battleford, SK – Canada
Contract: undisclosed
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIMPPSHGGWS
1997-98Swift CurrentWHL50891723
1998-99Swift CurrentWHL7240357534
1999-00Swift CurrentWHL71505410466
2000-01Swift CurrentWHL68635611975
2001-02CharlotteECHL3818173512
2001-02HartfordAHL2205517
2002-03HartfordAHL6812203216
2003-04HartfordAHL7622163826
2003-04New YorkNHL1000-100000
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