Monday, March 31, 2014
Rangers add another college free agent
By Katie Strang
Earlier this month, the New York Rangers signed Ryan Haggerty out of Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute, and Monday afternoon they added another player from this year’s college free-agent class.
The Rangers agreed to terms with forward Chris McCarthy out of the University of Vermont.
The 22-year-old McCarthy led the Catamounts with 18 assists and 42 points in his fifth collegiate season. Like Haggerty, McCarthy spent time with the U.S. Development Program prior to his NCAA career.
Unlike Haggerty, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound McCarthy will not report to the big club and burn the first year of his entry-level contract.
With the Rangers at the 50 contract maximum, McCarthy will have to sign an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) to play with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
With only four teams standing in the NCAA hockey tournament, the free agent frenzy has begun. One of the biggest names out there, Swedish defenseman Christian Folin, is reportedly drawing interest from several clubs including Boston and Philadelphia.
The Rangers are not believed to be involved, however.