Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dane Is Stayin'

Ok, so that doesn't really rhyme but it is some good news:

New York, June 8, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Dane Byers on a contract extension.

Byers, 24, skated in five games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and 31 penalty minutes. He notched his first career NHL goal in his season debut on October 30 at Minnesota. Byers spent most of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points, along with 100 penalty minutes in 74 games. ... The 6-3, 204-pounder has skated in 239 career AHL games over five seasons with Hartford (AHL), registering 69 goals and 85 assists for 154 points, along with 521 penalty minutes. ... The Nipawin, Saskatchewan native was originally the Rangers’ second round selection, 48th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Ya kinda knew that this (re-) signing was coming when the Rangers included Byers in their 20 Prospects in 20 Days series. I like the kid - I always have - but as I said in the NYR Facts of Life, I don't think he has the speed Torts wants in the lineup. Byers will likely be back in the bus league to captain the Pack but, hey, you never know what will happen - if Prust gets hurt or something ...

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