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Ranger signs in Switzerland

Jul 15, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Paul Ranger has signed a two-year contract to play in Geneva, Switzerland, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The deal may signal the end of the 29-year-old defenseman’s NHL career, which resumed last year in Toronto after taking three years off for personal reasons, followed by a season in the AHL.

Ranger had six goals and eight assists in 53 games for the Maple Leafs. He played 270 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2005-2010, producing 18 goals and 74 assists.

  1. stcrowe - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I wish him well with whatever his personal struggles were. I have to admit that it was kind of odd that he was nominated for the Masterton Trophy for unspecified personal issues. He may very well have been worthy, and we don’t need to know such things if he wants to keep them private, but people will want to know if he is a Masterton nominee.

  2. budzo83 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    @stcrowe I think the Masterton nomination was more about recognizing his dedication to working his back into the League after a three-year hiatus rather than the issues he was dealing with. I believe each team submits a nominee for the award and the I’m sure the Leafs were just tipping their cap to him with the nomination. I do agree that it would make for an awkward situation if he had won it…

    When you’re away from the game that long, the odds of getting back to the top hockey league in the world are very slim. Even though he didn’t end up sticking around, just getting back was quite a feat. Best of luck in Switzerland, Paul.

  3. withseidelinn - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Had high hopes for this guy to be a diamond in the rough upon his return. Could never keep up with the speed of the game. 3 years off really takes a toll.

  4. raleighcaniac - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    The biggest set back for him was having to be part of that pathetic organization called the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • elrock7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      yeah too bad he wasn’t part of that hurricane org. What a juggernaut!

  5. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I understand why the Leafs let him go, but I’m a little surprised no one in the NHL gave him a deal. Rangers should have made a bid for Ranger.

    I can’t feel too sorry for the guy though. I’ve been to Switzerland on vacation. I’m assuming getting paid to travel around and play there isn’t going to be torture for the guy.

    Good Luck, Paul!

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