Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Lightning Strike...Bolts beat Penguins! Sign Sean Burke...More signings

Veteran goaltender Sean Burke has been plucked from the free agent list, signing a two year $1.6 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Burke, 38, was reportedly being courted by several NHL teams since the free agent signing period began on August 1.
"Shortly after the new CBA was announced, Sean Burke was the goaltender we identified as we began formulating contingency plans for how we would proceed if Khabibulin left our team," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. "We did a lot of homework on Sean, and we believe that not only will he come in and compete with John Grahame and battle for the No. 1 spot, but if he doesn't win that contest, he will be a 'team first' player.
"From all accounts, everyone who knows him calls him an incredible teammate and a true leader within the locker room. He is a perfect fit for our organization."

Other signings and transactions for August 9th:

Atlanta Thrashers - Signed defenseman Shane Hnidy and right wings Brian Maloney and Adam Smyth.
Calgary Flames - Acquired goaltender Philippe Sauve from the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2006.
Colorado Avalanche - Re-signed restricted free agent defenceman Karlis Skrastins.
Carolina Hurricanes - Re-signed restricted free agent forward Kevyn Adams.
Edmonton Oilers - Agreed to terms with restricted free agent centre Marty Reasoner.
Minnesota Wild - Re-signed restricted free agent centre Todd White, forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenceman Willie Mitchell.
Philadelphia Flyers - Re-signed restricted free agent forwards Branko Radivojevic and Patrick Sharp and defenceman Kim Johnsson.
St. Louis Blues - Signed unrestricted free agent forward Dean McAmmond. Re-signed restricted
free agent defenceman Bryce Salvador, and forwards Eric Boguniecki and Colin Hemingway.
Tampa Bay Lightning - Signed unrestricted free agent forward Rob DiMaio. Re-signed restricted free agent forward Dmitri Afanasenkov and restricted free agent defenceman Dan Boyle.

Toronto Maple Leafs - Signed defenceman Staffan Kronwall and center Alexander Steen to multi-year contracts.
Washington Capitals - Signed unrestricted free agent forward Andrew Cassels. Signed unrestricted free agent defenceman Lawrence Nycholat.

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