10:42AM: Lombardi's contract is a one way deal. (Pat Leonard)
10AM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing of Matthew Lombardi. (Rangers)
3:24AM: The Rangers have signed center Matthew Lombardi to a TWO-YEAR deal worth a total of $1.6 million, his cap hit will be $800,000. (Kevin Weekes)
- Lombardi is listed as a member of the Rangers on NHL.com
He last played in the NHL in 2013 for Phoenix and Anaheim.
Lombardi has 262 points in 536 career NHL games.
His faceoff numbers by season are:
- 12-13: 44.5% (28 games)
- 11-12: 49.3% (62 games)
- 10-11: 55.2% (2 games)
- 09-10: 49.7% (78 games)
- 08-09: 52% (69 games)
- 07-08: 47.6% (82 games)
- 06:07: 49.1% (81 games)
- 05-06: 52.9% (55 games)
- 03-04: 47.9% (79 games)
Lombardi is a reclamation project who has battled injuries and concussions and spent last year in Switzerland. It's a low risk move and cheap enough that if it doesn't work out they can send him down to Hartford or load him to a team in Europe without taking a cap hit.
NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi.
Lombardi, 32, skated in 46 games with Genève-Servette of National League A (NLA) in Switzerland this past season, registering 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points, along with 54 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. He led the NLA in assists and points, while tying for sixth in the league – and leading Genève-Servette – in goals. In the playoffs, Lombardi registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 games. He tied for fifth in the NLA in assists and tied for seventh in the league in points in the playoffs, while ranking second on the team in each category. Lombardi also tallied four goals and four assists for eight points, along with a plus-five rating in three games while helping Genève-Servette win the Spengler Cup. Lombardi was named to the Spengler Cup All-Star Team, as he led all skaters in the tournament in points, tied for the tournament lead in goals and assists, and tied for second in plus/minus rating.
In 536 career NHL games over parts of nine seasons with Calgary, Phoenix, Nashville, Toronto, and Anaheim, the 5-11, 195-pounder has registered 101 goals and 161 assists for 262 points, along with 293 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. Lombardi recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season. He has reached the 40-point plateau three times in his career, and has tallied at least 14 goals in five of seven seasons in which he has played at least 55 games. Lombardi has also tallied three goals and 13 assists in 40 career NHL playoff games. He recorded one goal and five assists for six points in 13 playoff games in his rookie year while helping Calgary advance to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final.
Internationally, the Montreal, Quebec native has represented Canada in numerous tournaments. Lombardi registered two goals and two assists for four points, and ranked second among tournament skaters with a plus-nine rating in nine games to help Team Canada win a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Championship. He also tallied six goals and six assists for 12 points, and posted a plus-four rating in nine games to help Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championship. Lombardi tied for third among all skaters in goals and tied for fourth among all skaters in points in the tournament.
Lombardi was originally selected by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Upon re-entering the Draft, he was selected by Calgary in the third round, 90th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.