The Rangers helped address their need at center by agreeing to a deal on Tuesday with David Desharnais for a one-year, $1 million contract. The deal isn’t yet official.
Desharnais, who will be 31 in September, spent the first seven-plus seasons of his career with the Canadiens before he was traded to the Oilers in late February. He had 14 points in 49 total games last regular season and had four points in 13 playoff games.
The 5-foot-7 Quebecker helps replace Oscar Lindberg, whom Vegas selected in the expansion draft, in the bottom-six, most likely as a fourth-line center.
Desharnais put up career-highs of 44 assists and 60 points in the 2011-12 season, and across the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons he put up a total of 100 points.
The Rangers still have another center spot open. General manager Jeff Gorton said Saturday that J.T. Miller is a “natural center” and could shift there full-time. Miller has mostly played wing for the Rangers but filled in at center on occasion last season. Boo Nieves is another internal option.