Brandon Segal received a birthday present one day early on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a contract with the Rangers. Segal, who will turn 29 on Thursday, helped the Norfolk Admirals capture the AHL's Calder Cup last spring.
Originally a fourth-round selection of the Nashville Predators in the 2002 NHL Draft, Segal has played in 102 NHL games, including ten last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has totaled 11 goals and 22 points at the NHL level while playing for the Lightning, the Kings, and the Stars.
"Segal has won a few minor league championships and has NHL and AHL experience," said Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton. "He gives us depth on the wing."
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Segal will enter training camp battling with fellow newcomers Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt, Michael Haley, and Jeff Halpern for a possible spot on the Rangers this fall
Should he play with the Connecticut Whale, Segal would provide much veteran leadership. Along with recently signed youngster Kyle Jean---a 6-foot-4 talent from Lake Superior State University signed off a development camp tryout last week---Segal would add some much needed size the Whale's forward group.
"Jean is a skilled center with size who is just scratching the surface with his talent," Gorton said of the 22 year-old who decided to forego his college eligibility to turn pro this season.
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