Rangers agree to terms with Rupp on 3-year deal

The Rangers added some muscle to their forward corps by agreeing

to terms with Mike Rupp, who left the Pittsburgh Penguins for a

three-year, $4.5 million deal with New York.

The Rangers made the move Friday, during the first day of the

NHL’s free-agent signing period, while waiting to hear if they

would land coveted center Brad Richards, who highlighted this

year’s class of unrestricted players.

Later Friday, the Rangers re-signed 32-year-old forward Ruslan

Fedotenko for one year, $1.4 million. Fedotenko had 10 goals and 15

assists in 66 games last season with New York.

The 31-year-old Rupp, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal

for New Jersey in 2003 during Game 7 against Anaheim, had nine

goals, eight assists and 124 penalty minutes in 81 games last

season with Pittsburgh.

In 497 NHL games with New Jersey, Phoenix, Columbus and

Pittsburgh, Rupp has 49 goals, 89 points, and 656 penalty minutes.

He has surpassed 100 hits in each of the last five seasons.