Rangers Sign F David Desharnais to 1-Year/$1M Deal

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It’s not exactly free agent fireworks, but the Rangers have come to terms with Unrestricted Free Agent forward, David Desharnais.

The diminutive forward spent the 2016-17 season splitting duties between the Edmonton Oilers and Montréal Canadiens — the latter having dealt him to the forward in February. He had just six goals and eight assists for 14 points between the clubs in 49 total contests in a season marred by a knee injury that cut into the middle of his year.

Desharnais, 31, has averaged 0.56 P/GP through 453 NHL games but has seen his production steadily declining since 2013-14 in which he averaged 0.66 P/GP. In the seasons following, his numbers have consistently declined, falling to 0.59 in 2014-15, 0.45 in 2015-16, and a combined 0.29 split between Montréal and Edmonton last season.

Despite this, Desharnais projects as a serviceable veteran bottom-six player who appears poised to fill the void left by Lindberg on the Rangers fourth line.

The deal is reportedly for one year and is worth $1M, which is just south of where Matt Cane’s Free Agent Projections projected the Québec native to land.

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