Rangers sign Anthony Bitetto, Anthony Greco and Jonny Brodzinski

The Rangers have signed three additional players today:

Anthony Bitetto, 30, played 51 games for Winnipeg this past season, had 8 assists and averaged 15:10 per game.

Bitetto signed a two-year, two-way deal that has a cap hit of $737,500. (Seravalli)


He is 6-1, 210lbs,  a left-shot defenseman and has played 183 career games with three teams in six seasons.

From the Rangers release:

  • He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including games played, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (15:10).
  • Bitetto ranked second on Winnipeg in hits this past season (145), and he led the Jets in hits per game (2.84).
  • He ranked 23rd in the NHL, as well as fifth among NHL defensemen, (min. 30 games played) in hits per game in 2019-20.
  • In addition, Bitetto ranked fourth on the Jets (and ranked second among Jets defensemen) in average shorthanded ice time this past season (2:11).
  • He has recorded 379 hits in his 183 career NHL games. Bitetto has averaged 9.48 hits per 60 minutes of ice time in his NHL career; since the start of the 2014-15 season, he ranks 10th among NHL defensemen (min. 100 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time.
  • The Island Park, New York native was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round, 168th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Jeff Gorton said of BItetto, “He’s been a good NHL defenseman, we will get some depth on the left side. Good size, a physical part to his game, competitor, real good guy. He hits a lot of the boxes we want to hit with depth on the left side.”  (MSG)

Anthony Greco, 27, has played one career game in the NHL and is from Queens.

He had 11 goals and 13 assists in 47 AHL games across three teams.

From the Rangers release:

  • Greco is the only player in NHL history whose listed birthplace is Queens, New York. He signed his first NHL contract with the Panthers on November 20, 2017.
  • The 5-10, 174-pounder has skated in 271 career regular season AHL games over four seasons (2016-17 – 2019-20), registering 86 goals and 76 assists for 162 points, along with 106 penalty minutes. Greco established AHL career-highs in goals (30), assists (29), and points (59) with Springfield in 2018-19, and he also tallied 29 goals in 75 games with Springfield in 2017-18.
  • He was one of only three AHL players who registered at least 29 goals in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, and his 59 goals over the two seasons were the third-most in the AHL.
  • Greco led the AHL in shots on goal in both 2017-18 and 2018-19 (252 shots on goal in 2017-18; 267 shots on goal in 2018-19), and he also led the AHL in shorthanded goals in 2017-18 (six).
  • He has skated in one career Calder Cup Playoff game, making his AHL debut with Bridgeport during the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Jonny Brodzinski, 27, has played in 57 career NHL games, scoring six goals and six assists and averaging 9:47 per game.

This past season he played in three games for San Jose.

From the Rangers release:

  • Brodzinski, 27, skated in 44 games with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points, along with 26 penalty minutes.
  • He tied for third on the team in goals, tied for fourth on the team in assists and points, and ranked second on the team in shots on goal (136) in 2019-20. Brodzinski also skated in three NHL games with the San Jose Sharks this past season, recording one assist.
  • The 6-1, 215-pounder has skated in 200 career AHL games over parts of five seasons (2015-16 – 2019-20), registering 70 goals and 68 assists for 138 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 74 penalty minutes.
  • Brodzinski established AHL career-highs in goals (27), assists (22), points (49), and shots on goal (184) with the Ontario Reign in 2016-17, and he was selected to play in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.
  • He has helped his team advance to the Calder Cup Playoffs three times, and he has registered 10 points (five goals, five assists) and a plus-five rating in 13 career Calder Cup Playoff games.
  • The Ham Lake, Minnesota native was originally selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round, 148th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Adam Rotter: More depth/AHL signings, making six total today when you include Kevin Rooney, Colin Blackwell and Keith Kinkaid. When you look at the Rangers losing Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri, Steven Fogarty, Danny O’Regan, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Gropp and Dawson Leedahl, they needed to beef up the Hartford roster with veterans and proven AHLers who can mentor the prospects and give the Wolf Pack a chance to win.