NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers signed recently arrested Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll on Monday, a few months after he pleaded guilty in a felony cocaine case.
There was no mention of the legal matter in the Rangers’ news release announcing the free-agent signing.READ MORE: LA Street Vendors Hold Large Rally, Claim Aggressive Crackdown From County Inspectors
Contract terms were not immediately available.
Stoll gives the Rangers a top faceoff man and penalty killer. He has played in 792 NHL games over parts of 12 seasons with Edmonton and Los Angeles, with 140 goals and 239 assists.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty in June to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool. A felony charge of cocaine possession was dismissed.READ MORE: Embattled LA Councilman Mike Bonin Steps Up Efforts To Clear Venice Homeless Camps
Stoll was sentenced to 32 hours of community service. He’s also starting a program to help others understand the dangers of using alcohol and controlled substances.
Security guards at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool found what police believed to be 3.3 grams of cocaine and several ecstasy capsules in Stoll’s pocket on April 17.
Stoll has won 55.4% of faceoffs in his career, and he has posted a faceoff win percentage of 51 percent or higher in every season. He has led his team in faceoff win percentage in nine consecutive seasons (2005-06 – 2013-14).
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder played in three Stanley Cup finals, and won two with the Kings, in 2011-12 and 2013-14. In 93 NHL playoff games, Stoll has 10 goals and 16 assists.MORE NEWS: Authorities Across Southern California Crack Down On Illegal Fireworks Ahead Of Fourth Of July
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