NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Rangers have boosted their bid to make another postseason run.
Defenseman Dan Boyle agreed to terms on a two-year, $9 million contract with the Rangers on Tuesday just after the start of NHL free agency.
“Dan is going to bring experience, help us on the power play. We’re really happy to have him come on board,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
Detroit and Tampa Bay were among the many teams expressing interest in the player with poise on the blue line and a right-handed shot from the point even though he turns 38 later this month.
Boyle had 12 goals and 36 points for the San Jose Sharks last season and led the team in playing time, matching up with top-line opponents for 21-plus minutes a game. Boyle has 144 goals and 561 points in 954 games with the Sharks, Lightning and Florida Panthers.
New York has also re-signed center Dominic Moore, according to multiple reports, and added defenseman Mike Kostka and winger Tanner Glass.
“(Glass) will bring an edge to our team that we need. I think we are getting a real solid player there,” Vigneault said.
The Rangers also agreed terms with forward Chris Mueller, who split last season between the Dallas Stars and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
The Blueshirts lost a key player, however, as former Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot signed a five-year deal with Edmonton.
Pouliot helped New York reach the Stanley Cup finals. He had his best statistical season with the Rangers, scoring 15 goals and adding 21 assists in 80 games. He had five goals and five assists in the playoffs.
He has 76 goals and 84 assists over 371 games with Minnesota, Montreal, Boston, Tampa Bay and New York.
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