The Rangers have signed defensemen Connor Mackey and Nikolas Brouillard to one-year deals.
Both are two-way deals. (Staple)
Mackey, 26, played in 30 games last season with Calgary and Arizona and had three goals, four assists, 61 hits, 29 blocked shots, and an average of 14:03 per game.
He played more games with Arizona last year (20) than he had in the prior three years with Calgary (19).
In 80 career AHL games, Mackey had 8 goals and 44 assists with Calgary’s AHL team between 2020 and 2022.
He is a left-shot defenseman. Mackey is 6-2, 195lbs.
Brouillard, 28, has not played in the NHL in his career. He played five years in the QMJHL, one game in the AHL and 39 in the AHL in 2016-17 and then three years at McGill University and then three years with San Diego in the AHL.
He is 5-11, 168 and had 39 points in back-to-back AHL seasons with San Diego.
He is a left-shot defenseman.
Adam Rotter: These are moves to add depth on defense and/or possibly battle Ben Harpur and Zac Jones for the spot on the third pair next to Braden Schneider. Mackey has nice size and Brouillard is a really interesting story. He’s smallish and has never played in the AHL, but he’s put up points in the AHL and could be a very interesting, late-bloomer candidate.