May 13, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Dominic Moore (28) carries the puck ahead of Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) during the first period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dominic Moore re-signs with New York Rangers


The New York Rangers are bringing back veteran center, Dominic Moore, on a two-year deal worth an average annual value of $1.5 million on the first day of a fast and frenetic free agency.

Moore, 33, was awarded with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy last week as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Moore lost his wife Katie Urbanic on January 7, 2013 after a nine-month battle with liver cancer. He took a leave of absence to care for his wife and returned to the ice after an 18-month absence to play for the Rangers last season during their march to the Stanley Cup Final.

Moore signed a one-year deal with the Rangers last summer and scored six goals, added 12 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 73 games in his first year with the Blue Shirts.  Moore added three goals and five assists during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Moore has played with the Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and San Jose Sharks during his career that began with the Rangers in 2003-2004.

You can’t have too many players with the character and toughness that Moore brings to the locker room and to the ice. He won’t light the lamp very often or fill up the score sheet, but he brings intangibles and an element to the game that doesn’t always show itself in the box score.

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