Rangers sign Taylor Pyatt
Taylor Pyatt, a free-agent left wing who played his rookie season with the Islanders in 2000-01, today agreed to a contract with the Rangers, the team confirmed. The team did not disclose the terms but it has been reported that the deal is worth about $3 million over two years.
Pyatt, 30, earned $1.2 million with Phoenix last season.
With Pyatt, who tallied nine goals and 19 points in 73 games last season, but 18 goals and 31 points in 2010-11, the Rangers added lower-line depth as they continue the hunt for a top scorer.
The Rangers have offers on the table for Columbus captain Rick Nash, who scored 30 or more goals in each of the last five seasons, but general manager Glen Sather and his Blue Jackets counterpart, Scott Howson, have been unable to reach an accord. Howson is reportedly waiting until Devils free agent Zach Parise decides on his destination, hoping that suitors for Nash will upgrade their bids.
The 6-foot-4 Pyatt, who is the brother of former Rangers prospect Tom Pyatt, has 130 goals and 254 points in 755 NHL games with the Canucks, Islanders, Sabres and Coyotes. His career high in goals was 23 in 2006.