Rangers bring back Dominic Moore

Updated: July 5, 2013, 8:39 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

Though the New York Rangers have little maneuverability under the declining salary cap, they did make one move on the first day of free agency, signing free agent forward Dominic Moore to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday afternoon.

Moore's deal is worth $1 million, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Multiple sources informed ESPNNewYork.com that the Rangers inquired about Moore, who played for the team from 2003-06, both before and immediately after the lockout, though he was reeling from the death of his wife, Katie.

Katie Moore passed away in January 2013 from a rare form of liver cancer at the age of 32.

When the Rangers expressed interest once the work stoppage ended, Moore was, understandably, not ready to play so soon after his wife's death.

"There have been options offered, but I'm not at this point accepting them," Moore told The Globe and Mail in March. "I need to take some time."

Moore is now ready to make his return after sitting out the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The 32-year-old Moore, who played college hockey at Harvard University, last played for the San Jose Sharks in 2011-12, where he finished with six points in 23 games after being traded midseason by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Rangers also announced they agreed to terms with defenseman Aaron Johnson and forward Benoit Pouliot.

Pouliot, 26, left the Tampa Bay Lightning for a one-year, $1.3 million deal with New York. He had eight goals and 12 assists in 34 games last season with Tampa Bay, and led the club with a plus-8 rating.

Overall, in 291 games with Minnesota, Montreal, Boston and Tampa Bay, Pouliot has 61 goals and 63 assists with 201 penalty minutes. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2005 draft by Minnesota.

The 30-year-old Johnson, who got a one-year, $600,000 contract from the Rangers, split last season between the Eastern Conference-champion Boston Bruins and Providence of the AHL. He had 10 penalty minutes in 10 games with Boston.

Johnson has played in 291 NHL games, netting 17 goals and 45 assists, while racking up 222 penalty minutes.

During a frenzied day of spending and some jaw-dropping deals, the Rangers exercised restraint on the open market.

Working with little money left under the cap since deciding not to buy out veteran center Brad Richards, the Rangers went after a modestly priced center who provides some needed depth down the middle.

Barring a trade that would free up cap space, the Rangers are not expected to make any big splashes.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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