As the upcoming 2016-17 season grows ever closer, the final remaining free agents on the market have been getting snapped up by NHL clubs – and that includes, as of Thursday morning, forward Brandon Pirri.
Per Elliotte Friedman, Pirri- who put up a 22-goal season just one year ago- has been inked to a one year deal with the New York Rangers of the Metropolitan Divison. Per Friedman, the deal is expected to clock in at approximately $1.1 million for next season.
Dealt to the Anaheim Ducks from the Florida Panthers at the 2016 trade deadline, the 25-year-old forward was only able to play nine games with the Ducks during the regular season following his move. During those games, though, the former Chicago Blackhawks second round pick – selected 59th overall by the Central Division club in 2009 – managed to put up three goals and five points, bringing his point totals for the year up to 14 goals and 29 points in a year abbreviated by injury.
The Rangers recently added to their offensive depth already with the signing of free agent Jimmy Vesey to an entry-level deal. Adding Pirri as well, though – particularly on what seems to be a fairly cost-efficient deal for his goal-scoring abilities – can only help the club that fell disappointingly short in the postseason last year.