The New York Rangers have signed Raphael Diaz to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 1, 2015
The 29-year-old played with in 56 games last season for the Calgary Flames, scoring two goals and two assists. In his previous stint with the Blueshirts, Diaz registered a goal and an assist along with a plus-5 rating. In 63 total NHL games that season he had two goals and 13 assists. Diaz ranked third on the Canadiens in scoring from the blue line that season before being dealt to Vancouver.
Diaz appeared in four playoff games during New York’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals in his time there. In 201 career NHL appearances Diaz has recorded 8-41-49. He is scoreless in 12 career playoff games.
The 5-foot-11, 197 pound blueliner has played regularly in international competition for his native Switzerland, including an appearance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He has participated in two Olympics and three IIHF World Championships, capturing a silver medal there in 2013.
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A journalism major from the University of Maryland and a published author, Scott graduated summa cum laude from the Maryland College of Journalism in 1991 before pursuing a career in sports that has spanned almost 30 years and includes 15 years working at the NCAA Division I level in sports information and as an Assistant Athletic Director and nearly 10 years working for baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Scott also served as
a college beat writer for the Baltimore/Washington sports publication Pressbox and Pressbox Online and currently is the Director of Digital Media for MYHockeyRankings.com. His son Devin was drafted by two U.S. Tier 2 junior hockey teams and currently plays NCAA Division III hockey for Suffolk University in Boston. His daughter Sydney plays college lacrosse for Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania.