Monday, July 25, 2005
For the upcoming season, including the 24 per cent rollback, Hatcher's contract calls for a salary of $4.94 million, McCarty $1.71 million and Whitney $2.66 million.
The 33-year-old Hatcher, a former Dallas Stars captain, signed with Detroit as a free agent before the 2003-04 season. Considered at the time to be one of the best all-around defencemen in the league, the big bruising Hatcher had little impact with his hometown team, tearing a knee ligament in the third game and missing the majority of that season.
Whitney, 33, also signed as a free agent with the Wings during 2003. He had 24 goals and 52 assists the season before with Columbus, and the Red Wings hoped he could fill the void created when Sergei Fedorov signed with Anaheim. With Detroit in 2003-04, Whitney managed 14 goals and 29 assists.
McCarty, who has spent his entire 11-year career with Detroit, is a fan favourite whose playing style embodies the blue-collar spirit of the city. McCarty, 33, won three Stanley Cups with the Wings and scored the winning goal against Philadelphia in 1997.
The Coyotes have bought out left-winger Brian Savage, the Arizona Republic reported quoting ''multiple NHL sources''.
Savage, 34, was scheduled to make $2.85 million US this season. The Coyotes bought him out for $1.9 million, as per the new collective bargaining agreement which allows a one-time window to buy out contracts.
Phoenix acquired Savage and a third-round pick in the 2002 NHL draft in January 2002 for left-winger Sergei Berezin.
Savage, who missed 46 games in two-plus seasons in Phoenix due to injuries, had 24 goals in 134 games for the Coyotes. Phoenix traded Savage to St. Louis near the end of the 2003-04 season, but Savage's rights, and his remaining contract, were returned to the Coyotes after the season as a condition of the deal.
-referenced from www.tsn.ca