The New York Rangers are on the verge of signing free agent defenseman Justin Falk, reports TSN.
Falk is expected to sign a contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported.
The 23-year-old is a member of the Washington Capitals organization and spent last season in Russia with the KHL’s Sibir.
The Rangers acquired Falk from the Caps in a four-player deal on Feb. 25.
He has appeared in eight NHL games for Washington, recording one assist.
The 6-foot-3, 201-pound defenseman had eight goals and 16 points in 56 games for KHL club Sibirlina of the Kontinental Hockey League last season.
He recorded three assists in eight games for the Kladno of the Russian Hockey League.
Falk was acquired by the Rangers from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb 15, 2017, in exchange for defenseman Andrew Campbell.
The two players had spent most of the season together in Columbus.
Fork will be entering his second season with the NHL team, but was acquired on waivers by the Columbus organization on July 30.
He appeared in six games for Columbus last season, recording four assists.
Falker, a first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, is the Rangers’ ninth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
He played for the St. Louis Blues from 2014-15 and recorded 17 goals and 36 points in 55 games.