The Rangers added another forward through free agency on Tuesday night when they agreed to terms with Taylor Pyatt. He joins Arron Asham who signed with the team on Sunday.
The 30 year-old Pyatt spent the past three seasons playing for the Phoenix Coyotes. Last year he appeared in 73 games and scored 9 goals while totaling 19 points. In the playoff he scored four goals and finished with six points in 16 games as the Coyotes advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
Originally selected by the Islanders eighth overall in the 1999 NHL Draft, Pyatt has played in 755 career NHL games for the Islanders, Sabres, Canucks, and Coyotes. He scored a career-high 23 goals with Vancouver during the 2006-07 season, and has notched 130 goals and 264 points in his career.
The 6-foot-4, 228 pound Pyatt is a solid and rugged two-way player---one who has played in all situations both offensively and defensively in his career. He hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario, the same town where Rangers alternate captain Marc Staal was born and raised.
Pyatt, a teammate of Martin Biron's in Buffalo, joins the 34 year-old Asham in adding veteran depth at the forward position for the Rangers heading into the 2012-13 campaign.
The Rangers also announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms with Kris Newbury. The 30 year-old forward with 59 games of NHL experience, has spent the past two-plus seasons with the Rangers organization since being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings. Though he has played primarily with the Connecticut Whale at the AHL level since coming to the Rangers, he has also contributed at the NHL level with the Blueshirts, appearing in 19 games and providing a physical edge to the team in that span. Last season he also scored a career-high 25 goals and 64 points with the Whale.
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