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Rangers sign free agent forward Josh Jooris

New York Rangers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Josh Jooris.

The undrafted winger was originally signed by Calgary in 2013, featuring in 119 NHL games for the Flames during the past two seasons, scoring 16 goals and 37 points.

Calgary did not tender a qualifying offer for Jooris at the end of June, allowing him to become a UFA on July 1.

The Burlington, Ontario native was used largely as a depth forward by the Flames, with some penalty kill time, but appeared to get stuck in something of a log jam on the club’s depth chart.

Whilst his offensive output has been modest, his defensive abilities should prove to be a boost for the Rangers as they look to improve on last years Eastern Conference Quarter Final exit.

The 26-year-old attended Union College before turning pro, winning the NCAA (ECAC) Championship in 2012 and 2013. The Rangers have also come to an terms with restricted free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes on a new deal.

The 24-year-old was originally signed by the franchise in 2013, but is yet to make an NHL appearance for the Rangers. New York retained his rights after tendering a qualifying offer on June 28. In 173 appearances for the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford, Hughes has registered five goals and 25 points.

He won the OHL championships with the London Knights in 2012 and 2013, serving as assistant captain during his final season with the Canadian junior side. The financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

The Rangers now have 38 of their allowed 50 contracts signed for 2017/18.

Rangers sign free agent forward Josh Jooris

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