In a move likely to add some depth in Hartford, the Rangers announced that they have signed 28-year old Brandon Segal to an NHL two-way deal.

Segal spent last season in Rockford with the IceHogs and with the Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals where he totalled 18g and 18a and 69PIM in 61 games. Not exactly lighting it up, but not bad either. If you’re looking for a comparable player, figure Brodie Dupont. Both are 28. Dupont is 6-2 215, Segal is 6-2, 210 and both put up comparable numbers. The primary difference is Dupont plays the left side and center while Segal is on the right.

Just a guess here, but given that Segal was on the Admirals at the end of the regular season and through their amazing run in the post season to the Calder Cup, It’s likely he’s their to instill a winning attitude. Incidentally duirng that playoff run, in 18 games, Segal notched 5g, 4a and 17PIM…not exactly chump-change.

In terms of his getting to the NHL, he’s likely there just in case. Segal is more or less a journeyman forward who’s played for five different AHL teams (Milwaukee, Norfolk – two different occassions, Portland, Manchester, Rockford -in the UHL AND the AHL, and Texas). The Whale will make it an even six. Segal has also been with three NHL teams (Tampa – twice, Los Angeles and Dallas).

The question stil lremains, “When do the Rangers address their needs for another defenseman and a top six forward?”

You think that just maybe Glen Sather has Scott Howson on speed dial at this point?

Here’s the official release on Segal from the Rangers:

NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Brandon Segal.

Segal, 28, skated in 61 games with the Rockford IceHogs and Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points, along with 69 penalty minutes.  He also skated in 10 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, making his 100th career NHL appearance on March 29 at New Jersey.

He began the season with Rockford, where he ranked fourth in goals (13) and seventh in points (25) at the time of his trade on February 21.  Segal notched a goal while making his debut with Norfolk on February 24 at Binghamton.  He registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) and a plus-eight rating in eight games with Norfolk.  He tallied at least one point in seven of his eight games with the Admirals, including a two-goal effort on February 25 at Hershey and a career-high, four-point performance in the season finale on April 15 at Adirondack (one goal, three assists).

In the postseason, Segal registered five goals and four assists for nine points, along with 17 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating in 18 games to capture the 2012 Calder Cup Championship with Norfolk.  He tied for fourth on the team in goals and eighth in assists during postseason action.  His five playoff goals also tied for eighth among all AHL skaters.

The 6-2, 215-pounder has skated in 102 career regular season games over four seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars, registering 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, along with 83 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in goals (six), assists (six) and points (12) in 2009-10 while splitting the season between Los Angeles and Dallas.  Segal made his NHL debut as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 3, 2009, against Pittsburgh.  He recorded his first NHL point with an assist on December 31, 2009, at Minnesota and notched his first career goal on January 9, 2010, against St. Louis.

Segal has also skated in 516 career AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Texas Stars, Manchester Monarchs, Portland Pirates, and Milwaukee Admirals, registering 125 goals and 119 assists for 244 points, along with 614 penalty minutes.  He established AHL career-highs in goals (26), assists (26) and points (52) in 69 games with Norfolk in 2008-09, and was named to the 2009 Canadian AHL All-Star Team.

The Richmond, British Columbia native was originally selected by Nashville as a fourth round choice, 102nd overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. assuming the Capgeek report of Vernace resigning, adding the Sean Collins signing, keeping Niemi on the list for now, presuming Fast(h) is back in Sweden, assuming JTMiller is in OHL, and not scratching McIlrath yet, these are the NYR properties, and the likely core, of next season’s Whale from oldest to youngest (numbers reflect birth year-month)

    8202 Newbury 8307 Segal 8601 Kolarik
    8603 Haley 8608 Grant 8710 Wellman
    9003 K.Jean 9004 J.Wilson 9103 Bourque
    9108 Hrivik 9110 Lindberg 9112 Yogan
    9205 Thomas
    7706 Redden 8310 S.Collins
    8602 Vernace 8805 Pyett
    8905 Parlett 9006 Niemi
    9102 Erixon 9204 McIlrath
    8706 Talbot
    9004 Missiaen
    9106 Stajcer

  2. It’s still way too soon to see how this is all going to play out. You don’t have Kelsey Tessier on that list and I still think he will be resigned.

    I never saw a Sean Collins signing or a release from the team on it so I have no idea about that one. I also have no idea who Pyett is? I think Parlett is gone and Niemi, unless he’s really improved I think will be back in Greenville.

    But it’s still WAY too early to be discussing this. The Whale will though have a really good top three of Newbury with Kolarik and Hrivik. That line will put a whole lot of goals in the net.

  3. Logan Pyett signing was reported at CapGeek, but not yet by NYR, same as Vernace

    Collins signing was reported today, and interestingly, while not announced by NYR, he appears at their site, and unlike Haley, on the NHL roster:

    Re Tessier and any other AHL contracts, that’s why i positioned my list as Ranger properties.
    While we like to consider the AHL signees as ‘in the system”, JAM reminded us that they’re not really, until they sign an NHL deal.

    I’d expect Tessier to return, possibly Tanski.
    I’d like Campbell to get a genuine shot, after his exile by Stork to the west coast he had a solid season and brilliant playoff.

    The older AHL-pact guys like Mckelvie, Owens, Nightingale, it seems they are already replaced…

    Parlett has another year on his Ranger entry-level contract.

    Re Niemi, who knows – he just turned 22, and there’s a new D coach in town.