Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Rangers Sign Defenseman Brendan Bell
Some minor news to report: the Rangers have agreed to terms with defenseman Brendan Bell. The terms haven't been announced, but it's likely a one-year, two-way deal. Bell, 28, is listed at 6'2", 211 lbs. and was drafted in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Level Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Bell has played in a total of 101 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, collecting 7 goals and 21 assists for 28 points. Bell spent last year playing one game with Omsk Avangard in the KHL and 29 games with EHC Biel of the Swiss A-League.
Basically, this is strictly a depth signing. Bell gives the Rangers a veteran defenseman to stash in Hartford who has some NHL experience and could potentially step in on a moment's notice if there was an injury and the Rangers didn't want to rush up one of the younger kids. Barring an injury, he has no chance of being on the Rangers' Opening Day roster.
You can read more about Brendan Bell in the Rangers' official press release here.