Jarret Stoll got his second chance.
The Rangers announced Monday that they have signed the former Los Angeles Kings forward, who was arrested in April and pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a cocaine case. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports have said Stoll accepted a one-year, $800,000 contract.
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Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said in a conference call that the organization was thorough in speaking with former teammates, trainers and others who have known Stoll. The club was impressed.
"It all comes out the same, as a real character guy that made a mistake," Gorton said.
Stoll, 33, pleaded guilty in June to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest in Las Vegas. A felony charge of cocaine possession was dismissed.
Stoll has completed the required 32 hours of community service. He's also starting a program to help others understand the dangers of using alcohol and controlled substances.
"What I'm focusing on now," Stoll said, "is playing for the New York Rangers, helping our team win."
Gorton said the Rangers always want players who "have won and been through it."
Stoll, 6-1 and 215 pounds, played a key role as a leader on the Kings' Stanley Cup winners in 2011-12 and 2013-14. The Rangers fell to Los Angeles in five games in the 2014 Final.
"We view this as somebody that can help us possibly get over that hump," Gorton said. "He's been a winning player in the league a couple of times . . . and always in a leadership type of role."
Stoll had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games last season. He is one of the NHL's best in the faceoff circle with a career percentage of 55.1. "As far as the faceoff circle goes, I take a lot of pride in that," he said.
He also made a promise to Rangers fans about his character. "That's not who I am," Stoll said. "That's not the person I was brought up to be, and anybody important in my life knows that." With APThe Dolan family owns
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