Rangers lock up both members of the Bourque clan

Rangers lock up both members of the Bourque clan
July 2, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Chris Bourque was given a chance to play in Boston, but his lack of production was cause for concern.

(USA Today Sports)

The New York Rangers are cornering the market when it comes to the progeny of Bruins Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque.

The Rangers announced the signing of former Bruins winger Chris Bourque to a one-year, two-way deal reuniting him with younger brother Ryan Bourque, who may have the inside track on a fourth line role with the Blueshirts this upcoming season.

The elder Bourque son split last season between the KHL (Kazan Ak-Bars) and the Swiss League (Biel), and has appeared in 51 NHL games including a couple of months with the Bruins in 2013 when he made the team out of the lockout-shortened training camp. The 2004 second round pick of the Washington Capitals played 18 games with the Black and Gold two seasons ago, and totaled a goal and four points in Boston.

He had a second year on his contract in Boston for the 2013-14 season after being traded to Boston in exchange for B’s first round pick bust Zach Hamill, but opted to play overseas instead after getting sent back down to the AHL midway through the lockout-shortened season.

As for the younger Bourque, Ryan just wrapped up his third and best season in the AHL scoring a career-high 21 goals and 37 points for the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, and looking at some open job positions on the Rangers’ bottom six headed into next season.