Veteran Ronning finally lands with a team

Updated: January 9, 2004, 1:06 PM ET
Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders on Friday signed unrestricted free-agent center Cliff Ronning for the remainder of the season.

The 38-year-old Ronning had 17 goals and 31 assists in 80 games with the Minnesota Wild last season. A 17-year NHL veteran, he has 297 goals and 548 assists in his career.

The Islanders were looking for help after losing first-line forwards Alexei Yashin and Mark Parrish to serious injuries.

"Cliff is a proven point-producer," Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said in a statement. "With two of our top scorers out, we were fortunate Cliff was available as a free agent and showed such a strong desire to be an Islander. His experience and work on the power play will be great assets for us."

Ronning was Nashville's leading scorer in each of his four seasons with the Predators, and was second in scoring behind Marian Gaborik last season in Minnesota.

Ronning has also played for St. Louis, Vancouver, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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