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Rangers agree to terms with left-winger Chris Higgins on new deal

NEW YORK - The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with Chris Higgins, a restricted free agent acquired last week in a six-player trade that sent Scott Gomez to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers announced the agreement on Monday.

Higgins, a Long Island native, came to the Rangers along with Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko for Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto last Tuesday - the eve of the start of the NHL free-agent shopping season.

In 282 regular-season NHL games with Montreal, the left-winger had 84 goals and 67 assists. Higgins has reached the 20-goal mark three times, including a career-high 27 in the 2007-08 season when he set a personal best with 52 points in 82 games.

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