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Report: Rangers sign Matt Lombardi to two-year deal

Jul 15, 2014, 11:10 PM EST

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It’s been an… Interesting offseason for the New York Rangers and it may have gotten a bit more curious.

John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor reports the Rangers have signed forward Matthew Lombardi to a two-year deal. Patrick Kearns of VICE Sports reports the deal is worth $1.6 million total.

This signing comes a bit out of left field as Lombardi spent last season playing in the Swiss National League for Geneva-Servette. He played in 46 games and had 20 goals and 50 points to lead the Swiss League in scoring.

Last we saw of Lombardi in the NHL was during the 2012-13 season with the Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks where he played in 28 games and had eight points, all with the Coyotes. He has also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, and Calgary Flames.

Lombardi, 32, is known for his speed and penalty killing ability, a pair of traits that could come in handy for the Rangers after losing Benoit Pouliot and Brian Boyle in free agency. If he can provide similar offense to what he showed in Switzerland, that’d be a welcome bonus.

  1. spizzjr - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Rags blow

    • billiam55 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      not as hard as ur mom does.

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:27 AM

        Did you write that one? You’re good kid. You! You’re good! That was serious work! You should take your talents to Hollywood. That’s classic stuff there.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        9500003, you are the definition of a troll. Just stop.

  2. billiam55 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    assuming this an AHL move. Wolfpack had a pretty bad year and looks like rangers are trying to get depth there. theyve been making lotta AHL signings.

    • kingadrock99 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      This is a move done because Zuccarello led the team in scoring.

    • arrow43050 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      uhhhhh…you don’t sign guys to one-way contracts for 800K/year to help make your AHL team better. Crack much? Did you have a marijuana?!

  3. spizzjr - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Seriously you think the rangers care about improving there ahl team? No they don’t and if they did they’d sign young kids no organization goes into a year saying this is the year we win the Calder cup. Wow just wow.

    • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:55 AM

      Because It’s The (Calder) Cup. It’s not like rags fans know the difference anyway. As long as they can keep saying “we have more fans than you” then they really don’t care about running. More than half of them didn’t watch game one of the finals cause they didn’t know when it was.

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:57 AM

        Because It’s The (Calder) Cup. It’s not like rags fans know the difference anyway. As long as they can keep saying “we have more fans than you” then they really don’t care about *winning. More than half of them didn’t watch game one of the finals cause they didn’t know when it was.

      • doknyc - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        because its the cup… something you didnt play for last year…

        and what is “LOLOL”? is that a junior high trolling chant?

  4. ragsrus - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Typical Debbie fan. Stop obsessing on the rangers turd. We still have a much better team than yours, troll. Speaking of clueless hockey fans, Devils fans take the cake. Your going to compare the Rangers fan base to the devils? Is that a joke? Must be, like you and your “team”. Loser.

    • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      LOLOL. I’m not sure of you’re aware of the news, but that “we have a much better team” should be “We HAD a much better team”. You lost almost all the good inexpensive players you had to FA, the ones that you didn’t lose are all in arbitration! While at the same time got stuck with the overpriced albatross contracts and no first round picks! All that was after they signed an 8 friggin year deal to a 32 year old goaltender to force him to stay. It’s how it is. You think good players like playing for Dolan? Nope. They all have to be bribed to give up any chance to ever win. Same with Carmelo Anthony. It took a $124,000,000 bribe to stay and never win.

      It’s over! Too little too late.

      The Devils will sweep the rags this year, make a deep playoff run, and improve again next year when they free up even more space, while Sather signs 32 year old AHL players.

      I’ll be laughing at you all season long, right here on this blog! LOLOL.

      Losers!!!!!!

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        My bad.
        Not to worry! Not. To. Worry.
        (I love this part lolol…)
        You have more fans than us.
        Bwahaha!!!!!!!!!!

      • sticks169 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM

        Must troll Rangers blog…Must troll Rangers blog…Must troll Rangers blog. I sure hope you get those voices out of your head jackass. Is that because your *team* doesn’t have one? Or just because they have nothing to report and you’re just jealous? Or is it because the toxic waste dump you live in has gotten into your system and stunted your growth? Grow TFU.

      • starsandbroadway - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        Are you actually twelve years old? Man, you have fans of other teams who don’t even root for the Rangers on here who can see what an idiot you’re acting.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        I cant wait to reference this post next year. The Devils will sweep the Rangers and make a deep playoff run? Yea, OK!! Maybe the Devils will finally win a regular season series with the Rangers now that Brodeur is gone, since Lundqvist has owned Brodeur head to head in the regular season.

        You make fun of Lundqvists contract, but the devils just gave a 7 year $42 million dollar contract to a goalie who’s never been a true #1. I think $6 mill a year is a little high, but not terrible for Schneider, but 7 years? That was too much. I live in Jersey and a lot of my friends are die hard Devils fans and not one of them was thrilled with that contract either.

        Also, I guess you know better than Vegas huh? Most sites have the Devils around 50-1 – 60-1 to win the Cup next year. The Rangers are between 15-1 and 25-1.

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        It’s called a suckers bet. They make the odds slightly as if the rags have a chance. Knowing that their fanbase doesn’t watch hockey will place bets and Vegas cashes in.

      • doknyc - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        95003bjs,

        stop eating the paint chips… they arent good for you…is there anything you have to contribute? i am all for a friendly rivalry/discussion, but you have agendas that are not healthy…

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Hey diknyc (wow, I can also make up goofy names like you do)

        What makes this all so justified and satisfying is that during your little lucky cup run where your team cheated their way to the finals, rag fans were trolling all the devils blogs (as if they had a shot) talking smack. But when that last Kings goal went in, it was open season. What makes even more fun was the mass exodus of players who spit in all your faces. When added to that was watching the ones who were forced to stay as RFAs file for arbitration.

        What’s the matter? Nobody wants to play for them? Just aging AHLers?

        Enjoy the basement. I’ll be here all season.

        HE WHO LAUGHS LAST, LAUGHS THE LONGEST!

      • doknyc - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        cups, (ive called youthat until youstarted with the names FYI),

        in order to get to the finals, it does take a little luck… some kind bounces etc… still have no idea how we “cheated” our way in.. selective memories are what all fans have…

        and for the record, i wasnt even on trolling the devils blogs.. didnt know there were any tbh… ive been here about 6 months…

        the rangers had a great run, it took the kings two 2OT games, and 1 OT game to get three of the four wns needed… dunno how that is “luck”…

        again, im all for an educated, intelligent discussion of our teams… yet i have a better time talking to red sox fans, than you… so, until you can engage in that, i will not address you, or mention your name… heres hoping you can step up…

      • nebbah306 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        What a surprise, you only comment back on 1 part of my comment.

        I’m sick and have off from work today, hence the long write-up that will follow. Let’s look objectively ok? If thats possible for a troll such as yourself.

        Goalies – Edge- NY Rangers,

        But the gap isnt that bad, Schneider has the tools to be an elite goalie and Lundqvist is almost always in any pundit’s top 5 goalies in the league right now.

        Defense – Edge – Slightly NYR

        NYR -Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Stall, and John Moore – NJD – Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Bryce Salvador and Marek Zidlicky. That means we’ll probably see Merrill, Gelinas, and Larsson

        I think the Rangers have the edge again. The Rangers have the best defenseman on either team in Ryan McDonagh, but the Rangers lost Stralman, and Girardi seemed to have regressed a little this year. Boyle isnt the same player he was but he’ll provide veteran leadership and that big right handed shot from the point The Devils are counting on youth to help their d-line after losing Volchenkov and Fayne. Adam Larsson might have to put up or shut up this year to save himself from being labled a bust. Rangers finished last year 4th in goals against per game, Devils finished 6th.

        Offense – Tie

        I think we all know the Rangers had a better offense last year, although it will be interesting to see how the Devils moves pan out. Havlat and Cammallerri could certainly provide the offense the Devils were missing last year. But Havlat only had 62 points combined over the last 3 seasons, playing in a total of 127 games and Cammallerri had 118 points in 173 games played in the same 3 season span. I doubt Jagr will be able to produce another 67 points but you never know with him.

        On the Rangers front, Brad Richards is addition by subtraction. He was slow and often turned the puck over. I’ve been hating on him since day 1 and I couldnt have been happier that he was bought out. I think JT Miller will have more points than Brad Richards had this past season (20 goals, 52 points) Marty St Louis will continue to produce now that he’s transitioned with the Rangers. Let’s not forget he was the leading point producer just two seasons ago.

        I don’t expect another Cup run ( I wasnt expecting one this year) but I am very confident the Rangers will finish with a better record than the Devils this year. I think 2015-2016 will be the pivotal point for the Rangers, as they’ll have plenty of cap space.

        And dude, the players who left the Rangers were all overpaid except for Stralman. Does Benoit Pouliot deserve a 5 year $20 mill contract? Absolutely NOT. Does Brian Boyle deserve a 3 year $6mill contract? Maybe, his last contract was for 3 years $5.1 million, but I’d rather have Dominic Moore, who was brought back, rather than Brian Boyle. Stralman was the only loss this offseason that hurt. He signed for 5 years, $22.5 million ($4.5 per year) and Boyle signed for 2 years $9 mill ($4.5 per year).

        Hmm how about Zajac signed for 7 more years? Is he worth $5.75 a year? Or Ryan Clowe? He gets a concussion every year and he’s signed till 2018 at $4.85 a year. Not one of your defensemen is signed through next season except for John Merrill.

      • doknyc - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        nebbah,

        great, analytical post… didnt even mind its length as the info is spot on…

        schnieder has the potential to be good, but isnt henrik, not for awhile… henriks been a stud the last 4 or 5 years, imo…. its all about gametime experience for schneider… he should get tons of it…

        id give the defence a push, girardi was terrible in the postseason, and wonder if he was hurt… losing stralmann hurts…

        offensively, we do need nash to get his form back, and having st louis all season will be better than richards ever was…

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Goalies (yet to be decided) possible wash. Lundqvist is 32, so likely in 2 years, his deep-in-the-crease style will be too slow.

        Defense – you lost your future. Staal hasn’t been remotely close to form since his concussion. Girardi is playing way over his ability in minutes. Without McDonough (one of my favorite players in the league) the defense is invisible. Devils were the top 3 in GAA. Plus the up and coming guys are all very young. Advantage Devils.

        Offense – as of now I think, if they keep their arbitration results, it’s a slight advantage to rangers with the way Ryder, Brunner, and Zajac underperformed. But if they perform close to (not above) their abilities, and Cammelleri and Havlat play decent, it’s fully advantage Devils.

        The Corsi numbers were very close to each team. Devils retained their players and added. Rangers lost and didn’t add from then. The difference between both teams was mainly SO losses.

        Your team is gonna sink faster than the titanic starting this year.

        But at least you have more fans.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Cups, where do you get your stats from? The NY Rangers were 4th in team GAA with 2.32 and the Devils were 6th with 2.38 so your stats are wrong.

        Please explain how the Rangers lost their future with their defense. They lost one defenseman this off-season, Anton Stralman, and replaced him with an aging Dan Boyle. Yes, Stralman is better, but Boyle still has some gas in the tank. Staal, I agree, isnt back to form, but maybe that plays into the Rangers favor as they negotiate for his next contract. If they sign him to a similar termed contract ( 5 years for $19.875) I’m OK with that. And with his recent injury history, I dont see him trying to get a mega-deal. Maybe even a short-term prove it deal before signing one more big contract. John Moore, if the Rangers retain him, could continue to develop. He’s shown some promise. The Rangers also have some kids in the minors in Dylan McIlrath, Brady Skjei and Mat Bodie. Girardi is hot and cold so we shall see, but, as a Rangers fan, i was NOT happy with the contract he got.

        You continue to mention the players that the Rangers lost, but who of significance did they lose? Brian Boyle became expendable do to Dominic Moore’s play. They’re similar players and Moore is better offensively. Pouliot? He was on the Rangers for 1 year and signed a crazy contract. Edmonton will regret it. Again, the only player that stung was Strahlman, considering they spent the same amount on Dan Boyle.

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        You lost Dubinski, Anisimov, and a decent prospect in Tim Erixon already. Last season was Callahan, replaced with St Louis who didn’t do much until the playoffs rolled around, and even then it took a personal tragedy to get him focused. Then you lost Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot and Anton Stralman. Some of the better guys you had. You signed zero replacements, unless Dan Boyle who’s pushing 40 as a viable replacement. You lost 1st round picks in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        I forgot to mention also that Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider all elect salary arbitration. That’s never a good thing for 3 top players to file. Cap gets crushed, or the players end up leaving right away if the team declines the arbitrators decision or within a year.

      • DED - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        I may be making a mistake here but cups speaks from experience on arbitration, at least as far as his team go. Parise and the Devils went to arbitration. It didn’t end well. They settled on a 1-year contract. The next summer he was a UFA and then bolted to Minnesota. Yes, it was home. But maybe if it had ended well, Parise would’ve stayed.

        It was the next summer that Kovalchuk bolted for Russia, right?

        Maybe Sather and that trio get things worked out and arbitration is avoided. No need to picture them bolting for other teams just yet. It’s still just mid-July.

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Parise filed for arbitration. But they never went to arbitration. They signed a one year deal for him coming off season ending knee surgery. Parise hasn’t been as good since then.

        Kovalchuk was offered more money than any Russian player in the world to play in the KHL. The new CBA agreement bothered him with the escrow issues. He had a chance to turn and burn and he did.

        There is no way Sather can keep all three players after arbitration for more than a year. He knows that. He’s gonna have to pick one.

      • DED - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Oh, so they did get it done before arbitration. My bad.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Cups, you’re delusional. You mention that the Rangers lost Dubinsky, Anisimov, and a decent prospect in Tim Erixon. Erixon was a 1st round draft pick 5 years ago and has only played in 51 NHL games. You failed to mention that when you include Gaborik in that group, the return for those players were Rick Nash, Derrick Brassard, John Moore, and Derrek Dorsett. Callahan wanted too much money. I was glad to get something in return with St Louis, rather than lose Callie for nothing this offseason. I wasnt thrilled with losing the first round picks though, I’ll give you that. The fact that you include Benoit Pouliot (15 goals, 36 points) as the “some of the better guys you had” shows how little you watched the Rangers. The combined points lost btwn Pouliot, Boyle, Dorsett (traded), and Stralman was 75 points in 294 games played.

        To sum it up, the Rangers traded Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon, Gaborik, and Callahan for Rick Nash, Derrick Brassard, John Moore, Derrick Dorsett, and Marty St Louis. Stralman was replaced with Dan Boyle which was a dropoff but not a ridiculous one. So please, tell me who exactly have the Devils replaced with the losses Kovie and Parise? Jagr and Ryder and Cammallarie and Havlat? Thats a drop off right there.

    • nebbah306 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      And the difference btwn the two teams was that the Rangers averaged more goals scored than goals against, while the Devils didn’t. Hard to win when you’re giving up more than you score.

  5. spizzjr - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    @ragsrus you’re

  6. spizzjr - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    *

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    It’s one thing to use statistics to back up a statement and be smart about it when comparing two teams, it’s another thing to be a huge dumbass dick face about it and not back it up.

  8. doknyc - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    i see 95003bj’ and his five aliases are up to his constant trolling of the rangers, and insulting people… maybe his ex bf or gf is a ranger fan, and they upgraded.. not shocking at all…would explain the anger he has… there IS help for that, seek counseling… please..

    • 7mantel - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      GF ? DONT THINK SO

  9. jdlinder11 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I could see the devils taking a big step forward this year. They are a very good possession team, and they finally got that dinosaur out of the net.

    • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      I don’t know how to respond to that. Lol.

  10. 34defense2014 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Oh there’s Dork! Outside of that dump of an Island! You guys choose to call Manhattan!! Everyone hates the Rags!!!

    • jhnyr45 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      34defense, You are Cups’ other account aren’t you….anyway I live in NJ and have been a Ranger fan my entire life…. Just thought you should know… and NJ is not so nice either… NYC>>>>>>Newark

      • 7mantel - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        YOU GOT THAT RIGHT

      • 950003cups - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        “34defense, You are Cups’ other account aren’t you”

        No. I only post under this name.

        jhnyr45 (and doknyc)
        I was born and raised in Brooklyn (close to Bensonhurst) and was NEVER a rags fan. Yes, Brooklyn while it has plenty of great things about it, its a dump, as is Bronx, parts of Queens, and Manhattan has its nice parts, and 8th avenue and W31st isn’t one of them. Staten Island is mostly a nice area, but its located LITERALLY by a garbage dump. NJ is BY A FAR AND WIDE margin much nicer to live in. My guess is you are from Newark since that seems to be the only place you referenced.

      • jhnyr45 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        No i grew up in Staten Island, and have a summer House in Lake George…. New York is great, besides the areas you have described…. Newark, Camden, Jersey City, Trenton, Paterson, The oranges are all terrible places to live… There are many places that are downright terrible in both states… both of us are lucky enough to experience the good and the bad of both states… i was just saying Newark because of the Rock

  11. nashernation - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    AV wanted this guy.. He thinks he will fit great into his system. He had a great year in the Swiss league. Why not? May be a great find.

    • stepanup - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Exactly. Thank you for posting something relevant to the blog. Speed kills. Low risk, great value. Potential 3rd line C.

    • DED - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Hopefully, he’s a great find. Last year’s performance in the Swiss league is a positive sign, but I’ve heard that the European leagues don’t hit as hard as the NHL. NHL careerwise he’s just under half a point a game. I’ll take that for a fourth line guy.

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