Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Gonchar, Iginla, Kovalev Sign deals

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent defenceman Sergei Gonchar to a $25-million, five-year contract, according to a source.
The 31-year-old Russian, who has played in three all-star games, has spent most of his careeer with the Washington Capitals, but was traded to Boston midway through the 2003-04 season.
Gonchar, a six-foot-two, 215-pound blue-liner, had 11 goals and 47 assists in 71 games with the Capitals and Bruins in 2003-04.
He has 148 goals and 277 assists in 669 career NHL games.

Jarome Iginla is staying in Calgary - for the next three years. The Flames scheduled a news conference for 4:30 ET at which they are expected to announce the signing of Iginla to a three-year deal worth $21-million. Iginla was a restricted free agent.

The Montreal Canadiens have reportedly re-signed Alexei Kovalev, according to a report from Madiscon Square Garden network.
Kovalev, who joined the Canadiens in 2004 from the New York Rangers in exchange for Jozef Balej and a 2nd round pick, had just one goal and two assists in 12 games for the Habs prior to the lockout.
In 66 games with the Rangers, he had 13 goals and 42 points prior to the trade.
In the postseason, Kovalev rediscovered his scoring touch, scoring six times and tallying 10 points in 11 playoff games.

The Dallas Stars have signed free agent defenceman Martin Skoula to a two-year contract.
The 25-year-old Czech split the 2003-04 season between Colorado and Anaheim, with four goals, 21 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 79 games.
Skoula, who was drafted 17th overall by Colorado in 1998, won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001. He appeared in all 23 post-season games that year had a goal and four assists.
He played for the Czech team Livtinov during last season's lockout and had four goals, 15 and 101 penalty minutes in 47 games.
"At 25 years old, Martin has a great deal of experience and he fits the age group of the young core group of players we're building here," Stars GM Doug Armstrong said in a release.

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