Saturday, August 13, 2005

Kiprusoff signs with Flames, Gratton heads to Florida

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames locked up two more key pieces from their surprising run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004, re-signing goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and defenceman Rhett Warrener to multi-year deals Friday.
Kiprusoff signed a three-year contract worth $10 million US, paying him $2.9 million in 2005-2006, $3.5 million in 2006-2007 and $3.6 million in 2007-2008.
Warrener signed a four-year, $9.4 million US deal that pays him $1.9 million in the first year and $2.5 million a season for the remainder of the deal.
Kiprusoff, a six-foot-two, 190-pound native of Turku, Finland, played in 38 regular season games with Flames in 2003-04 after he was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 16, 2003 for a second-round pick in the 2005 draft.
Elsewhere, The Florida Panthers continue to play an active role in the free agent free-for-all, this time the Florida club signed veteran forward Chris Gratton.
Gratton, who was picked third overall by Tampa Bay back in 1993, split time with Phoenix and Colorado in 2003/04, scoring 13 goals and adding 19 assists."Chris is a tough, physical and competitive player who adds further depth at our forward position," said GM Mike Keenan. "He is another veteran player whose leadership and experience will be counted on as we continue to reshape our franchise."Sportsnet has also learned Gratton's contract is for one-year, and valued at $900,000.

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