Thursday July 17th, 2014

The New York Rangers signed veteran forward Matthew Lombardi to a two-year, $1.6 million contract, USA Today reports.

Lombardi played in Switzerland last season and led the league with 50 points in 46 games. He has played nine NHL seasons with stops in Calgary, Phoenix, Nashville, Toronto and Anaheim. For his career, Lombardi has accumulated 101 goals and 161 assists.

The Rangers were forced to buy out center Brad Richards' contract and replace him with a less expensive player due to salary cap limitations.

New York lost the Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings in 5 games.

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