Rangers ink Grenier, Giroux

New York Rangers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Martin Grenier and restricted free agent forward Alexandre Giroux.

Giroux, 24, appeared in 78 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League last season, registering 32 goals and 22 assists for 54 points, along with 128 penalty minutes. He led the Wolf Pack in goals (32) and points (54) and tied for fourth on the team with a rating of plus-15. In six post-season contests, Giroux tallied three goals and three assists for six points, along with 23 penalty minutes.

The 6-3, 190-pounder has appeared in 290 career AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Binghamton Senators and Grand Rapids Griffins, registering 87 goals and 80 assists for 167 points, along with 395 penalty minutes. During the 2003-2004 season, he skated with both Binghamton and Hartford, accumulating a total of 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points, along with 92 penalty minutes in 75 games.

The Quebec City, Quebec native was originally Ottawa’s seventh round choice, 213th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers from the Ottawa Senators, along with Karel Rachunek, in exchange for Greg de Vries on March 9, 2004.

Martin Grenier has registered 859 PIM in only 215 career AHL games.

Grenier, 24, skated in 23 games for Hartford last season, collecting two goals and five assists for seven points, along with 136 penalty minutes. In five post-season contests for Hartford, Grenier led the team in penalty minutes with 32. He missed the majority of the year due to injury.

The 6-5, 260-pounder has skated in 215 career AHL contests with the Springfield Falcons, Manitoba Moose and Hartford Wolf Pack, collecting 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points, along with 859 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 15 career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes, registering one goal and 14 penalty minutes. Grenier made his NHL debut with Phoenix on October 11, 2001 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Laval, Que., native was originally Colorado’s second choice, 45th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.