Anaheim Ducks signed center-back Ryan Storm on Wednesday, entering a breakout season on a five-year deal with the New York Rangers.
The second season of the year saw stormy toughness, when he tried to make an injury routine as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals to win two series.
Strom’s skill sits in the Rangers ’elite power-play, and his ability to accomplish feats was often praised by first-year coach Gerard Gallant.
Storm scored 21 goals in 74 regular-season games, career-high and 54 points. With top-ranked forwards such as Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibenezad and Chris Krader, Storm managed an average of 18:19 on ice and scored five power-play goals.
Seven months at the age of 30 is a crucial deal for Strom, a first-round pick in 2011 for the New York Islanders who never scored 20 goals in his career before last season. Only time will tell whether their breakout campaign was a by-product of the upcoming explosive, high-scoring Rangers roster.