July 06, 2009

The New York Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.25 million deal with Chris Higgins, a restricted free agent acquired last week in a six-player trade that sent Scott Gomez to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers announced the deal on Monday.

Higgins, a Long Island native, came to the Rangers along with Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko for Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto last Tuesday -- the eve of the start of the NHL free-agent shopping season.

In 282 regular-season NHL games with Montreal, the left wil mark three times, including a career-high 27 in the 2007-08 season when he set a personal best with 52 points in 82 games.

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