Goliath Posted July 2, 2006 Share Posted July 2, 2006 Saturday, July 01, 2006 Rangers sign Cullen, three others New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Rangers signed four free agents on Saturday, including recent Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen. The team also inked restricted free agent defenseman Karel Rachunek and unrestricted free agents goaltender Stephen Valiquette and defenseman Daniel Girardi. Terms of the contracts were not released. Cullen, 29, helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup championship this past season and tallied 25 goals and 49 points, both career bests, in 78 regular-season contests. In 25 playoff games, Cullen recorded four goals and 14 assists. "We are very happy to add Matt to our lineup," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. "He brings speed and versatility to the team, with the ability to play center or wing as well as the point on the power play." The 6-foot-1 Cullen has appeared in 591 career games with the Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks, notching 102 goals and 178 assists for 280 points. The 26-year-old Rachunek played in 45 games with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Russian Hockey League last season, collecting 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points. Rachunek has appeared in 258 NHL games with the Rangers and Ottawa Senators, registering 12 goals and 89 assists for 101 points. He has also skated in 20 career playoff contests with the Senators. Valiquette, 28, also played for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Russian Hockey League last season, appearing in 45 contests with a 1.95 goals-against average. The 6-foot-6 netminder has appeared in nine NHL games with the Islanders, Oilers and Rangers, with a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.57 goals against average. In two games with the Rangers in 2003-04, he recorded a 1-1-0 mark, along with a 3.03 goals against average . The 22-year-old Girardi appeared in 66 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League last season, collecting eight goals and 31 assists for 39 points. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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