Lombardi leaves Europe, joins Rangers

The New York Rangers have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi after he played in Switzerland’s nation league last season.

Matthew Lombardi has served his time in Switzerland and is heading back to the big show.

The 32-year-old centre has agreed to a two-year, $1.6-million contract with the New York Rangers.

Lombardi lit up Switzerland’s premier professional league in 2013-14, scoring 20 goals and adding 30 assists in 46 games played for Geneve Servette — enough to lead the league in scoring. Geneve also won the 2013 Spengler Cup with Lombardi on the roster.

The speedy Lombardi had signed a one-year pact with the European team that expired at the end of the season.

In 536 career NHL games played with the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks, the Montreal native has scored 101 goals and notched 161 assists.

The Rangers were looking for forward depth after letting Benoit Pouliot and Brian Boyle walk this summer in free agency.

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