Farnham secured a one-year contract with the Belfast Giants (EIHL) on Saturday. Farnham hasn't played in an NHL contest since the 2016-17 campaign, when he logged three games for the Habs. After two years in the minors with AHL Springfield, the Boston University product will get his first taste of European hockey. This move all but closes the door on the winger's time in the NHL and figures to see him eventually retire with eight goals and two helpers in 67 games for the Penguins, Devils and Canadiens.
The Rangers released Farnham from his professional tryout agreement Thursday. Farnham was never considered a serious contender to land a spot on New York's Opening Night roster, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise. The 28-year-old forward spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors, notching 28 points in 71 games with Montreal's AHL affiliate. He'll likely need to seek a similar role with a new club in order to keep playing in North America this season.
Farnham will attend Rangers' camp on a professional tryout agreement, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. Farnham logged 71 outings for AHL St. John's last season, tallying 11 goals, 17 helpers and 137 PIM. For his career, the winger has appeared in 67 NHL contests, but has just 10 points to show for it, so it's unsurprising that he's been unable to secure a permanent contract. If he does stick in the Big Apple, it will likely be in a 12th or 13th forward role that would have him watching from the press box on a semi-regular basis.
Farnham was designated for the minors Friday. Farnham and prospect Nikita Scherbak were both handed tickets to the AHL on the eve of a home game against the Rangers. There's speculation that established forward Alex Galchenyuk is nearing his return from a knee injury, which likely explains the transactions for the aforementioned skaters. Farnham's been associated with three different NHL clubs since debuting with the Penguins in 2014-15, and consequently, it's been quite an adjustment for the depth winger.
Farnham was in the active lineup Wednesday, registering two shots on goal and four hits in Montreal's 4-3 overtime win in Dallas. Farnham was making his season debut after being called up over the weekend from AHL St. John's. He skated strictly on the fourth line, replacing Chris Terry. With two more injuries at the forward position -- both Brendan Gallagher (hand) and Paul Byron (upper body) left Wednesday's game -- Farnham and Terry should stick around for a bit.
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