Rangers loan veteran defenceman Kasparaitis to Russian League team

NEW YORK – The New York Rangers loaned veteran defenceman Darius Kasparaitis to SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Super League on Saturday.

Kasparaitis, 35, had spent the first month of the season with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford, where he had one goal and four penalty minutes in four games with the Wolf Pack. Kasparaitis, who spent the previous four seasons with the Rangers, is no stranger to the Russian League, having begun his professional career with Dynamo Moscow in the late-1980s. Kasparaitis also played for AK Bars Kazan during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

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The five-foot-11, 215-pound blue-liner has 27 goals, 136 assists and 1,379 penalty minutes in 863 career NHL games with the Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders.