Burlington’s Jooris signs with Rangers
The Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Josh Jooris and restricted free agent defencemen Dylan McIlrath and Tommy Hughes.
Jooris — a Burlington native who played for the Burlington Cougars — joins the Rangers from the Calgary Flames. The undrafted 26-year-old out of Union College had four goals and nine assists in 59 games last season and has 16 goals and 21 assists in 119 NHL games.
McIlrath, 24, settled on a oneyear deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. The 2010 first-round pick broke through to become an NHL defenceman last season, putting up four points in 34 games.
Hughes, 24, had nine points in 59 games for the Hartford WolfPack of the American Hockey League last season.
Goaltender Garret Sparks agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Maple Leafs.
The 23-year-old Sparks had a 69-1 record with a 3.02 goalsagainst average and .893 save percentage in 17 games during his rookie season with the Maple Leafs last year.
He had a 4-4-0 record, a 2.33 GAA, a .928 save percentage and three shutouts in 21 regular season games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.
In five playoff appearances with the Marlies, Sparks registered a 2.30 GAA, a .915 save percentage, one shutout and a 2-2-0 record.
On Nov. 30, 2015, Sparks became the first goaltender in Maple Leafs history to record a shutout in his NHL debut.
Sparks was originally selected by Toronto in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.