From the Rangers:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD ARTEM ANISIMOV
New York, July 8, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Artem Anisimov on a new contract.
Anisimov, 23, skated in 82 games with the Rangers last season, registering 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals, assists, points, and shots on goal (190). He also tallied career-highs in power play goals (three), power play assists (five) and power play points (eight). Anisimov tied for third on the team in assists, ranked fifth in points, sixth in goals, fourth in shots, and tied for the team lead with 21 even strength assists, and ranked second with 36 even strength points. He is one of four Rangers to have skated in all 82 games, and has now appeared in 164 consecutive contests. Anisimov ranked third on the Rangers with a career-high, 10 multi-point performances, including a career best, four assists on January 19 vs. Toronto. The Rangers posted a record of 14-2-1 when he tallied a goal and were 24-6-2 when he registered a point. Anisimov reached the 40-point plateau for the first time in his career with a goal on March 20 at Pittsburgh, and skated in his 100th career NHL contest on November 14 vs. Edmonton. In addition, Anisimov tallied his first career playoff point with a goal on April 20 vs. Washington.
The 6-4, 200-pounder has skated in 165 career games with the Rangers, registering 30 goals and 42 assists for 72 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. In 2009-10, Anisimov ranked among the NHL rookie leaders in several statistical categories, including ninth in goals (12), 10th in points (28) and tied for 15th in assists (16). He was also one of four rookies in the league to appear in all 82 games that season. Anisimov recorded his first NHL point with an assist on October 8, 2009 at Washington, and made his NHL debut on February 3, 2009 vs. Atlanta.
Internationally, Anisimov has represented Russia in several tournaments, most recently at the 2010 World Championship in Germany. He registered one goal and two assists, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in nine contests to help Russia capture a silver medal. Anisimov has also won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championship, and a silver medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
The Yaroslavl, Russia native was originally selected as the Rangers’ second round choice, 54th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN MICHAEL SAUER
New York, July 8, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Michael Sauer on a new contract.
Sauer, 23, skated in 76 games with the Rangers last season, registering three goals and 12 assists for 15 points, along with 75 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating. His plus-20 rating led the team, ranked fourth among NHL rookies and tied for 11th among NHL defensemen. He also ranked sixth among NHL rookie defensemen with 78 hits, and tied for sixth among all league rookies with 96 blocked shots. Sauer tied for third among Rangers defensemen in goals, and ranked third in assists and points. The Rangers posted a record of 3-0-0 when he tallied a goal and 12-2-0 when he registered a point. Sauer tallied his first career goal with the game-winner, on the power play, in a 5-3 win at Ottawa on December 9. He recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on October 23 at Boston. In addition, Sauer registered one assist in five playoff contests.
The 6-3, 213-pounder has skated in 79 career games with the Rangers, registering three goals and 12 assists for 15 points, along with 75 penalty minutes. Sauer made his NHL debut on March 24, 2009 vs. Minnesota. He has also appeared in 177 career games over three seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 13 goals and 33 assists for 46 points, along with 160 penalty minutes and a plus-29 rating. In 2008-09, Sauer established AHL career-highs in goals (six), assists (17), points (23), plus/minus rating (plus-29), and shots on goal (92). His plus-29 rating led the Wolf Pack and ranked third in the AHL, and he tied for second among Wolf Pack defensemen in goals and ranked 10th on Hartford in assists. Sauer made his professional debut with Hartford on October 6, 2007 vs. Bridgeport, and tallied his first professional point with an assist on November 9, 2007 at Manchester.
The St. Cloud, Minnesota native was originally selected as the Rangers’ second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.