Mara Re-Signs with Blueshirts
Defenseman returning for second full season in New York
Mara missed 15 games this past season with a shoulder injury and facial fractures. In addition, Mara registered one assist with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating, while appearing in all 10 of the Rangers’ post-season matches.
In 2006-07, Mara ranked third among Rangers’ defensemen in goals (five), points (23) and hits (72), finished second in shots (100) and fourth in assists (18). He ranked second on the club in average icetime (22:08). He also ranked third on the team with 120 blocked shots and fourth with 113 penalty minutes.
In 19 games with the Rangers, he recorded two goals and three assists, along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating after being acquired from Boston on February 27, 2007, in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward. The Rangers posted a 12-3-4 record with him in the lineup. Mara skated in his 500th career game on April 3, 2007 at Long Island, and registered his 200th career point on March 17, 2007 vs. Boston. In the 2007 playoffs, Mara tied for second on the team in power-play goals (two), and registered four points (two goals and two assists) in 10 contests.
The 6-4, 212-pounder has skated in 563 career regular season contests with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, and Rangers, registering 58 goals and 160 assists for 218 points, along with 546 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals (15), power-play goals (eight) and points (47) in 2005-06, while leading the Coyotes’ defensive corps in goals, power-play goals, assists, points, and shots (157) that season.
His 15 goals were the most by a Phoenix defenseman since 1992-93 (Fredrik Olausson, 16). In 2003-04, he established career-highs in games played (81) and assists (36), ranking sixth among all NHL defensemen in the category. Mara also participated in the NHL’s inaugural YoungStars Game as part of the 2002 NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, recording three assists.
In postseason play, Mara has appeared in 25 career contests with the Coyotes and Rangers, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with 42 penalty minutes. He notched his first career playoff goal on April 27, 2007 at Buffalo.
The Ridgewood, New Jersey native was originally Tampa Bay’s first round choice, seventh overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.