Rangers sign free agent defenseman Brendan Bell


From the Rangers:


New York, August 9, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Brendan Bell.

Bell, 28, has skated in 101 career NHL contests with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, registering seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points, along with 51 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in 2008-09 with Ottawa, tallying six goals and 15 assists for 21 points in 53 games.  Bell tied for second among Senators defensemen in goals, and ranked fourth in assists and points that season.  As a rookie in 2006-07, Bell recorded seven points (one goal, six assists) in 45 contests with Toronto and Phoenix.  He notched his first NHL point with an assist on October 28, 2006 at Montreal, and tallied his first NHL goal on January 20, 2007 at Pittsburgh.  Bell made his NHL debut as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 21, 2006.

The 6-2, 211-pounder has also skated in 374 career AHL contests with the Syracuse Crunch, Peoria Rivermen, Binghamton Senators, San Antonio Rampage and Toronto Marlies/St. John’s Maple Leafs, registering 46 goals and 152 assists for 198 points, along with 376 penalty minutes.  In 2009-10, Bell established AHL career-highs in goals (14), assists (38) and points (52) while skating in 71 games with Peoria and Syracuse.  He finished that season tied for third among AHL defensemen in goals, fourth in points and assists, and led all blueliners and tied for ninth in the league overall with a career-high, 12 power play goals.  Bell also led Syracuse in assists, points and power play goals.

Last season, Bell tallied two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 29 games with EHC Biel of the Swiss A-League.  He led all team defensemen in assists and points, and tied for third on the team overall with a plus-two rating.  Bell also skated in one contest with Omsk Avangard of the Continental Hockey League (KHL), recording two assists in his only appearance.

The Ottawa, Ontario native was originally selected as Toronto’s third round choice, 65th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Guess Pashnin’s announcement to stay in Russia created a little hole in Hartford….

  2. dont they need to replace byers or dupont? or were they traded? i think they could use some fwds in hartford so why another d man? might be a trade brewin

  3. maybe if dz or erixon both arent ready he and eminger can fil in. but i highly dounbt it. maybe reddens gonna void his contract and try to sign on with the isles or another team needing to reach cap floor.

  4. manny- isaw that lin shea weber?? yea!!!!!! right. as great as that woul be, we need a top lw. our d is fine and unless they trade staal an mdz or stepan kreider etc.. we aint getting weber. oh and i saw your cmment about game of thrones i love that show. i like the dwarf! lol he gets more tail than i do!! it aint fair! yea and i cantwait for season 2 of that and the spartacus show on starz

  5. The Imp is the best character. Great point Grabby. I was amazed at what a great actor that guy is!

  6. Dang you ORR for that news! And coming off a movie where a cat dies…..this day is for carcillo.

    Why are we signing a “veteran” d-man for an AHL spot, as per howlings?

  7. ddebened

    you’re welcome. I figured you might be interested in a production article. Not a lot of musicians, if any at all, share their production tips. Another reason why i like these guys.

  8. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Grabby , Im top 100 in the world at NHL11 , super sweet.

    New Defenceman , his name does ring a bell…

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Orr , its still going , yes !! It full of fuzz and needs a cleaning but it works…all the time. I watch movies and play hockey . Xbox is a beast!!

  10. A bishop advertises a job to ring the bell in his tower. The only job applicant is a hunchback with no arms.
    Bishop: “How can you do the job? You can’t pull the rope!”
    Hunchback: “I have a plan – but we have to go to the top of the tower, where the bell is.” .. So they climb all those stairs to the top of the tower.
    Bishop: “Ok, show me your plan.”

    The hunchback runs and jumps at the bell, striking it with his head. Sure enough, he rings the bell.
    The bishop asks him, “How did you learn to ring the bell like this?”
    The hunchback replies, “Actually, I first learned on the guitar,” and walks over to a guitar on the wall and starts banging his head on it, and Lo! Beautiful music comes out.

    So despite his misgivings, the bishop hired the hunchback to ring the bell.

    Every day the hunchback comes in and rings the bell. One day, the hunchback decides to try to ring the bell louder. He goes to the farthest corner of the tower, and runs as fast as he can toward the bell. When he jumps up and hits it with his head, the bell rings clear and loud. Unfortunately, the hunchback hit the bell so hard he’s a little groggy. He staggers around a bit, and falls out a window to the street below.

    A crowd gathers around the hunchback’s mangled body lying in the street; the bishop goes out to investigate the commotion.

    The policeman arrives and again asks: “Who is this guy?”
    The bishop replies: “I don’t know his name, but his face rings a bell.”

  11. The last time the Rangers had a Bell, they traded a Whistle to get him. In 1985, the Rangers traded Rob Whistle to the Blues for Bruce Bell. Ironically, neither player made much noise for their teams.

  12. So once again the church was left without a bell ringer.
    A new ad is placed and the next day, a man (who has arms) arrives, claiming to be the hunchbacks brother. “Hi, I’ve come to take over my brother’s job.”
    The bishop offers his condolences for the loss of his brother, and then escorts him to the tower.

    “Your brother used to ring the bell with his face,” said the Bishop. “Will you do that, too, or will you use your arms?” The hunchback’s brother replies “If my brother can ring it with his face, so can I!” So saying, he runs full bore at the bell, glances off it with his face, falls out the window and to his death in the street below.

    The bishop rushes down to see what he can do for the poor man. A crowd gathers. A policeman arrives and asks the bishop “Do you know who this man is?” The bishop replies, “No, but he’s a dead ringer for his brother.”

  13. With the garden renovations I wonder if they’ll be doing anything to improve the ice.

  14. dedebened

    You have such a way with words. ( be careful) two in a row like that and you’ll be sentenced to watching five straight Al Gore pronouncements.

  15. Two teams are a mystery to me…Philly and
    Detroit. It would seem that the old guard with the Wings should be about close to retirement age, and how then will they stack up with the rest of their division? And will the Phils carry over any inferiority complex aspects following their thumping by Boston?

  16. Earlier I was going to respond to ilb’s question “Who is this guy?” with:

    “I don’t know his name, but his face rings a bell.” but figured most would not get it.

    fran – lol Yeah, I’m a regular wordsmith alright. Just ‘cut and paste’ in this case, but I still feel the need to plead for leniency. I hope you still plan on doing a guest blog. Looking forward to it.

  17. leetchhalloffame on

    Brendan Bell – the final piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle. Good work Slats.

  18. True, Carp…They did have a few other animals going through their roster. They signed Billy Tibbetts for starters….

  19. Nobody here knows this bell guy? That makes me nervous. WTB? Is it the heat or the humidity?

  20. “Any mans death or sign diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom this Bell tolls; It tolls for thee” and you and all Rangers organization and not for free…

  21. Mama it is 3H: Haze, Humidity, Heat.
    After sweating train, which has stopped on Main, I got melted brain, lost my ancient cane, cleaning ugly stain from my shirt “McCain” (it was all in vein), watching lonely crane, flying in the rain and in full disdain, after all this pain, drinking to insane wine, which made in Spain, scotch from pure grain, etc. Take it all with grain (of salt).

  22. I’m going for Quattro hattrick and totally nuts from this summer. Gross pardon, Milady.

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