The New York Rangers have come to terms on a contract with former-Calgary Flames forward Josh Jooris. The terms of the deal were not made immediately available by the team. Jooris became an unrestricted free agent when the Flames failed to send him a qualifying offer back in June.
The 26-year-old forward originally joined the league with the Flames when he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 following his time at Union College in the ECAC.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Jooris.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 15, 2016
While Jooris won’t light up the score sheet, his defensive ability and possession numbers should be enough to merit him ice time with the Rangers next season. In a bottom-six role, Jooris has still been able to supply the occasional offense as well, scoring 16 goals and 37 points in 119 NHL games. When averaging those numbers out to a full-82 game season, Jooris has scored 25 points per 82 games in his first two seasons.
Jooris will provide depth for the Rangers in their bottom-six, and he will help solidify their penalty kill. As noted by the New York Rangers PR account on Twitter, Jooris has been on the ice for only 14 power play goals against in his first two seasons in the NHL. In those two seasons, he’s compiled 158:44 of shorthanded ice time.
Brandon Share-Cohen has covered the NHL and various professional sports for seven years. Working with The Hockey Writers, Brandon works extensively on covering the Boston Bruins in addition to his role as the News Team Lead.