3:26PM: The Rangers have signed Dominic Moore to a one-year deal worth $1 million according to Katie Strang, Nick Kypreos and Larry Brooks.
It was reported earlier this morning that the Rangers were speaking with an had serious interest in bringing back Moore.
Moore was drafted by the Rangers and played one full season for them in 2005-06. The only player still on the Rangers from that 05-06 team is Henrik Lundqvist.
Moore has played a total of 87 games for the Rangers in the regular season (5 in 03-04/82 in 05-06) and 4 in the playoffs.
He had 9 goals and 12 assists as a Ranger.
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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers have been talking with Dominic Moore about bringing him back to the Rangers.
He would become the Rangers fourth line center and allow the Rangers to either move Brian Boyle to the wing or make him available for trade.
Moore, 33, sat out this past season after his wife passed, who had a rare form of cancer, passed away.
Brooks writes that the Rangers had interest and held “extensive” talks with Moore prior to the lockout and says that he likely would have signed if his wife’s condition had allowed.
Moore was with the Rangers in 2005-06 and starred with Ryan Hollweg and Jed Ortmeyer on the fourth line.
In a poll asked last summer, 59% of readers thought the Rangers should bring back Moore.
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Under Tom Renney in 2005-06, Moore had nine goals, nine assists and spent 3:34 on the PK.
Moore has been well over 50% on faceoffs since leaving the Rangers after the 05-06 season.
Brooks notes that if the Rangers do not sign Moore, they could look at Max Lapierre who was the fourth line center for Alain Vigneault in Vancouver.
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It was suggested in January that the Rangers look at adding Moore for more depth in the playoffs.
During the regular season Moore put this hit on Ruslan Fedotenko:
Brad Richards called it “idiotic.” Moore was fined
$2,500 for the hit.
He had a cap hit of $1.1 million last season and since being traded by the Rangers in the summer of 2006, he has only had one season where he wasn’t traded.
Moore has consistently averaged around 15 minutes a night and two minutes on the PK over the last four years.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks says that the Rangers need to add more depth down the middle for a playoff run and that if it were him, he would call Tampa Bay and see what it would cost to rent Dominic Moore for the rest of the season.
Moore, 31, is in the final year of a two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.1 million.
He is averaging 15 minutes a night, two killing penalties, and is 53% on faceoffs.
He was traded for Adam Hall in 2006.