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Bourque brothers looking to reunite with Rangers


Chris and Ryan Bourque may be minor league mainstays to this point in their respective careers, but both are hoping they can make a case for NHL roster spots and reunite with the New York Rangers this season.

If you’re wondering about the last name, yes they’re both sons of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.

Ryan, originally a third-round selection of the Rangers in 2009, signed a new contract with the Rangers last week. The 23-year-old is coming off a season where he scored a career-best 21 goals and 37 points in 74 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.

Chris, the elder of the two, signed a one-year deal with the Rangers on July 2, which will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level should he make the team. At 28, Chris is the more experienced of the two having appeared in 51 NHL games with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston. Originally a second round selection of the Capitals in 2004, Chris split last season between the KHL and Switzerland. He did however have 10 goals and 38 points with the Providence Bruins during the 2012-13 season, his last in North America. Chris added a goal and three helpers in 18 games with Boston that season.

“It’s going to be an awesome experience,” Ryan Bourque told Blueshirts United Tuesday. “There’s not many fields out there, or even in sports, where someone can experience something like this. We always said growing up that we would want to do this if we could. The fact that it all fit in and worked out this year is incredible. It’s definitely going to be an unbelievable experience and we are definitely excited about it.”

With the loss of key players up front such as Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle and Brad Richards, Ryan, who is a center, is hoping there’ll be opportunities come training camp.

“Every camp provides an opportunity, but this is really a big year for me,” he said. “This is an opportunity for me to get serious looks to see if I can make a difference. I am going to try and make the most of the opportunity because there are spots to be won.”

Though it’d be a nice story, it’s doubtful both Chris and Ryan make the defending Eastern Conference champions roster out of training camp. The blue shirts added NHL veterans Matthew Lombardi and Tanner Glass, among others, in free agency.

But if it’s any consolation, they could be reunited with the Rangers’ top farm club, the Wolf Pack for 2014-15.

Related: Boyle: ‘There’s going to be some pressure’ joining Rangers

Rangers, Ryan Bourque agree to terms

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The New York Rangers have announced that Ryan Bourque has agreed to a contract extension.

Bourque was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. The 23-year-old forward had 21 goals and 37 points in 74 AHL games last season.

He’s the son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and his brother, Chris Bourque, is also a member of the Rangers organization after signing with them over the summer. Chris, 28, split the 2013-14 campaign between the KHL and Swiss league and has participated in 51 career NHL games.

Ryan Bourque was selected with the 80th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Bourque clears waivers, Bruins recall Caron

Jordan Caron #38 of the Boston Bruins is challenged by Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 1, 2012 in New York City.
(March 31, 2012 - Source: Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)
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The Bruins will have a new look on Saturday against Philadelphia as forward Chris Bourque will be replaced on the active roster by Jordan Caron.

Bourque cleared waivers on Friday and was assigned to AHL Providence, allowing the B’s to recall Caron.

Caron, 22, was Boston’s first-round selection (25th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He’s spent the last two seasons going up and down between Boston and Providence, setting NHL career highs last season in games (48), goals (seven), assists (eight) and points (15).

It looks as though Caron will soon make his regular-season debut, possibly replacing Bourque on Boston’s third line alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

The line has struggled mightily this year — especially Kelly, who has one goal in 21 games with a minus-7 rating — and the hope is that a Caron-for-Bourque switch will spark the unit.

“Obviously Bourque is a great player. Rich and I want to succeed,” Kelly told CSNNE. “We wanted to succeed with Bourque and we want to succeed with every player on our line.

“For some reason the bounces weren’t going in, and when it rains it pours.”

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reports from B’s practice that it’ll either be Caron or veteran Jay Pandolfo on the third line with Peverley and Kelly.