Feb 10, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Chris Bourque (48) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Bruins beat the Sabres 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers sign Chris Bourque


The New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather announced Wednesday that the team has come to an agreement with free agent Chris Bourque.

Bourque played last season split between the Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League and EHC Biel of National League A in Switzerland. He scored two goals throughout 11 games with Ak Bars Kazan. With with Biel, he scored six goals and had seven assists throughout 21 games played.

Bourque has also played 51 games while with the NHL. He split his time in the league between the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. He made his NHL debut with the Capitals in November 2007.

Son of NHL Hall of Famer, Ray Bourque, will now see both of his sons employed by the franchise. Chris’ younger brother, Ryan, is currently playing with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford. Ryan was taken 80th overall by the Rangers in 2009.

Chris made headlines during the shortened 2013 season when he signed with and made the Boston Bruins right out of training camp. Due to his dad’s influence with the Boston organization, the story picked up a lot of coverage. Despite this, Chris never made the debut he had hoped for. He played only 18 games before being sent to AHL Providence.

Chris has had a very successful minor league career, scoring 142 goals throughout 437 games in the AHL, however he now has to show that he can have the same results on an NHL level.

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