Six-time all-star Theo Fleury, expected to help fill a void created by Wayne Gretzky's retirement, signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.

The 31-year-old right wing, who played all or part of 11 NHL seasons for the Flames before being traded to the Avalanche in March, said he had some contact with Gretzky.

"He pointed out the good things about New York and talked about his experiences of playing in New York," Fleury said during a conference call.

The Rangers declined to provide details about Fleury's multiyear contract. Reportedly, it was at least four years at $8 million to $10 million per year with an option for a fifth year. Fleury said there was a no-trade clause. The right wing had five goals and 12 assists in 18 playoff games for the Avalanche. His numbers for the season were 40 goals and 53 assists in 75 games. He has 374 goals and 480 assists in his regular season career.

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