Thursday, July 27, 2006

Buffalo Sabres to unveil new jersey and logo; will use original jersey as 3rd alternate jersey

BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced today the Sabres will wear the franchise's original blue and gold uniform and logo as the team's third jersey during 15 home games in the 2006-07 season.The team will wear a new Blue and Gold uniform design, which will be unveiled in late September, for the remaining 26 home games and all 41 road games.The Sabres first wore the original Blue and Gold in the 1970-1971 season and continued that way for the following 26 years. The first major change to the team's look came in 1996-97 when the team changed its basic colors to red, black and white to coincide with the opening of the HSBC Arena (formerly Marine Midland Arena)."We have been planning all along to use the original colors and logo as our third jersey for next season," Quinn said. "Given the outpouring of fan concern the last few weeks, we decided to make this announcement now instead of September as originally planned. We are still committed and enthusiastic about our new uniform and believe that fans will embrace it once they have a chance to actually see it."The Sabres will unveil their new uniform during the week of September 24, at a time and place still to be determined. The team will actually wear their new jerseys for the first time on Saturday, September 30, in their only home pre-season game at HSBC Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00 p.m.

Greg Gilbert new coach of the Marlies

TORONTO (CP) -- Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson installed Greg Gilbert as the new head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies on Thursday and continued to mull over possible additions to the big club's roster.Gilbert, 44, got a three-year contract. Financial terms were not divulged. The former head coach of the NHL's Calgary Flames had been coaching the major junior team in Mississauga, and he now fills the position that opened up after Marlies coach Paul Maurice was promoted to replace Pat Quinn."I love seeing guys finally grasp something you've tried to teach them," Gilbert said of his development role.

More signings and Rumors

An arbitrator has awarded Chicago Blackhawks forward Kyle Calder $2.95 million for the 2006-2007 season. Calder, 27, is coming off a season in which he recorded career-bests and team-leading totals in goals, 26, and points, 59. A fifth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1997, Calder has notched 210 points in 359 career games. He earned $1.311 million last season.FULL STORY...

Sabres re-sign Pominville, Lydman
Defenceman Toni Lydman and forward Jason Pominville avoided arbitration and agreed to long-term deals with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Red Wings re-sign Williams for two years
The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration with Jason Williams on Thursday, re-signing the center to a two-year contract.


With the Danny Markov completing the defence, Red Wings GM Ken Holland remains on the lookout for a goaltender and more scoring on the wing. Winger Anson Carter could be a possibility if he drops his demand for a multiyear deal approaching $3 million per season. Dominik Hasek and Manny Legace, both former Wings, are the lone unrestricted free agents of note, and the team hasn't expressed much interest in either. - Detroit News
Panthers GM Mike Kennan will accept the arbitrator's deal for defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. Once this deal expires after the 2007-08 season, Bouwmeester would have one more season with the team before becoming a free agent. Florida would like to have Bouwmeester signed to a long-term deal before then. - Miami Herald
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said he expects Alexander Mogilny to compete for a job in training camp and he has apparently talked Vladimir Malakhov into coming back and reporting to training camp. Their combined $7.1 million cap figure will count whether they are on the team or not, so the Devils want them on the roster. - Bergen Record

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lindros signs with Dallas

Sportsnet has learned that Eric Lindros has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars worth $1.55 million plus another million in incentives.The Toronto Maple Leafs refused to budge on their offer of $1 million, which did not include any team or individual bonuses.Lindros was quoted in Saturday's Fort-Worth Star Telegram, saying "I think (Dallas is) a great fit. Looking at the roster there, knowing [coach] Dave Tippett and [assistant coach Mark] 'Chopper' Lamb from my Philly days ... I feel good about going down there and I'm looking forward to getting back on the ice." Over the past two seasons, Lindros has played in only 72 games. Last season, he missed 49 games with wrist injury but scored 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 33 games. Over his 12-year NHL career, Lindros has 367 goals and 472 assists for 839 points in 711 games.

News and Notes from the past week

Saturday, July 15
NHL Roundup: Eminger commits to Caps
Friday, July 14
Stars looking to land Lindros
Canucks deal late pick for Pyatt
Oilers keep Horcoff for three
Thursday, July 13
Quinn rejected Bruins offer
Habscheid announced as Lewis' assistant
NHL roundup: Sabres ink Biron
Berlin's World Cup co-ordinator dies
Wednesday, July 12
Multiple moves for Canadiens
NHLPA elects interim committee
Primeau: Flyers won't wait forever
Rivalries dot NHL opening night
Aebischer agrees to Habs' offer
Melnyk purchases IceDogs
Tuesday, July 11
Playfair takes charge of Flames
Linden won't seek re-election
Panthers re-sign Horton
Forsberg avoids second surgery
Great One likes Alberta coaches
Monday, July 10
Isles add grit with Simon signing
NHLPA faces U.S. labour board charge
Muckler likes his revamped Sens
Bruins' GM Chiarelli gets early start
Cassie Campbell considers retirement
'Nucks cut ties with ECHL team
Komisarek re-signs with Habs
Oilers add defensive depth
Canucks get faceoff help in Chouinard
Wild re-sign young defenceman Burns
Habs sign Higgins, prospects

Havlat and Smolinski head to Chicago in three team deal

OTTAWA (CP) -- The Ottawa Senators finally traded Martin Havlat and the Chicago Blackhawks finally landed a star.The Senators sent forwards Havlat and Bryan Smolinski to the Blackhawks in a three-way deal also involving the San Jose Sharks, a source told the Canadian Press Sunday.Havlat agreed to a three-year deal with the Blackhawks after the trade. He was a restricted free agent and had refused to commit to the Senators for more than a year during negotiations, saying he wanted to test the free agent market.Chicago initially traded Mark Bell to the Sharks for Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy, who were flipped to the Senators along with prospect Michal Barinka and a 2008 second-round draft pick.The 25-year-old Havlat has 235 points in 298 career games, all with the Senators.Ottawa had been working on dealing him for weeks before working out this deal with Chicago.Likewise, the Blackhawks tried hard to land a star when the free agent signing frenzy began July 1, but failed to do so. The only player the team brought in was goalie Patrick Lalime, expected to back up Nikolai Khabibulin.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Shanahan to the Rangers; Poti moves over to the Island

The New York Post reports that forward Brendan Shanahan has agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.
The Post adds that the 37-year-old veteran took the deal - worth about $4 million for next season - after turning down more lucrative offers from both the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens.
Shanahan reportedly informed Canadiens GM Bob Gainey Saturday he was rejecting his team's bid to sign him.
Shanahan had 40 goals and 81 points last season and earned $2.28 million US.
The 18-year NHLer played for nine seasons in Detroit, helping lead the team capture three Stanley Cups.
In 1,350 career games with the Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils, he has 598 goals and 1,232 points.

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Rangers defenceman Tom Poti is moving across town.
The 29-year-old Poti joined the rival Islanders on Saturday, signing a $2.75-million US, one-year deal after three-plus, up-and-down seasons on Broadway.
"From the beginning of free agency, I told my agent that I wanted to see if something could be worked out with the Islanders," said Poti, a U.S. Olympian in 2002. "The opportunity to be one of the veterans on such a talented young team is something I wanted."
Poti was thrust into the spotlight with the Rangers after fan-favourite Brian Leetch was traded to Toronto late in the 2003-04 season - New York's fifth straight out of the playoffs.
Known as an offensive-minded defenceman, Poti never could live up to expectations and was unable to be a comparable replacement to Leetch - a likely Hall of Famer.

Maple Leafs sign Ondrus to two-year deal
Blues' pick Johnson opts for college
Wild sign defenceman Burns
Staios to Oilers fans: Team will be fine
Flyers' Forsberg begins rehab on ankles
Free agent Legace waiting for suitors
Sabres in for an expensive offseason
Canadiens sign Ribeiro, blueliner Cote
Wesley stays another season in Carolina
Antropov agrees to deal with Leafs
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Big E would like to return to Toronto...if things can work out.

TORONTO (CP) - The Big E wants to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs and is waiting for the NHL club to decide whether the feeling is mutual.
Veteran centre Eric Lindros, an unrestricted free agent, says he spoke with Leafs GM John Ferguson on Tuesday night about possibly returning.
"We'll see how much (salary cap) space he's got and what he wants to do and who he wants to sign," Lindros said Wednesday. "We'll see where it goes.
"Hopefully we'll figure something out," Lindros added. "But I don't know what's going to happen."
Lindros said other NHL clubs have showed interest since he became a free agent last Saturday so he doesn't want to wait around all summer while the Leafs make up their mind.
"I've been in touch with John about a time frame and when it's time to move ahead," said Lindros, who earned $1.55 million US last season. "So we'll see what happens."
If the Leafs do re-sign him, Lindros returns to a much different dressing room. Gone are Ed Belfour, Tie Domi and likely Aki Berg, Jason Allison and Alexander Khavanov if the Leafs decide not to re-sign the unrestricted free agents.
The team has been busy in recent days, acquiring blue-liners Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill as well as starting goalie Andrew Raycroft.
"We got two big defencemen, that really helps us, and now it comes down to the forwards and what John wants to do up there," said Lindros. "But the team looks really good from the goaltender up to the defence, there's some spots up front that need to be addressed and I'm sure John will do that."
Lindros was speaking to reporters after taking part in Nike Bauer's off-ice training event at Rogers Centre, where several hundred aspiring young players took tips from Lindros as well as Leafs forwards Chad Kilger and Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly and Matt Nichol, the Leafs' strength and conditioning coach.
Lindros got the loudest cheers from the kids on hand and it's clear playing for his hometown team remains the perfect fit for him.
"It's a wonderful place to play in," said the 33-year-old former Hart Trophy winner. "I got out of the gates pretty well last year but I didn't get to play that much last season and I'd like to come back and have a really strong season."
In fact, he was one of Toronto's better players early last season, but was sidelined by a serious wrist injury that ended up wiping out his year, a brief comeback late in the regular season abruptly ended after completely tearing the ligament in his wrist.
"I feel strong and healthy, my wrist will be 100 per cent, certainly by training camp," said Lindros, who had 11 goals and 11 assists in 33 games last season, his first in Toronto.
"It's a time issue, really," he said in explaining his rehab. "A ligament takes time to heal, but within that you're working on flexibility, you're working on wrist strength, your finger strength, everything that comes together with shooting a puck.
"I skated today for the first time in a while."

Cloutier traded to LA; Friesen signs in Calgary; Laraques signs in Phoenix

Just a week after signing new No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks have bid farewell to their former starter. The Canucks and Los Angeles Kings have completed a deal that sends goaltender Dan Cloutier to L.A in exchange for second-round selection in 2007 and a conditional selection in 2009. The move reunites Cloutier with head coach Marc Crawford, who was hired by new GM Dean Lombardi last month.FULL STORY...

Spacek leaves Edmonton to join SabresLike fellow defenceman Chris Pronger, Jaroslav Spacek wanted out of Edmonton.

Flames sign Tanguay; add FriesenThe Flames have signed restricted free agent Alex Tanguay to a new three-year contract.

Coyotes sign Georges Laraque
Briere among Sabres going to arbitration
Wild re-sign Gaborik to three-year deal
Flyers re-sign Niittymaki to new deal
Ducks re-sign McDonald
Lindros hopes to return with Maple Leafs
Hurricanes sign Cole to three-year deal
Panthers agree to terms with Allen, Mezei
Islanders re-sign defenceman Bouchard
Flames add Friesen to forward ranks

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Roenick signs on with Phoenix; Barnaby to Dallas

Jeremy Roenick has signed a one-year deal to join the Phoenix Coyotes, a team which he played for from 1996-2001.
''JR is very well liked here in Phoenix, but this isn't about selling tickets on popularity,'' said Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett. ''It's about adding talent to our club. His pride and toughness breeds winning. That's what sells tickets.''
Roenick, one of the NHL's most outspoken players, indicated recently that he could be signing with a Canadian team this summer.Roenick, 36, is coming off the worst season of his career, during which he scored just 22 points in 58 games with the Los Angeles Kings. However, he's one of the most productive American-born players in history, with 1142 points in 1182 NHL games. He's added 116 points in 136 career playoff games. ''I'm thrilled to be returning home to play for the Coyotes,'' said Roenick. ''I have a lot of great memories from my five years in the desert and I'm looking forward to having a great season and help lead our team to the playoffs. I'd like to thank Wayne Gretzky and Mike Barnett for having faith in me. I'm hungry, I'm focused and I can't wait for the season to begin.”
Roenick has also played for Chicago and Philadelphia.

The Dallas Stars have signed agitator Matthew Barnaby to a one-year contract worth $625,000.
In 82 games with the Blackhawks last year, Barnaby had eight goals, 20 assists and 178 penalty minutes.
In 795 career NHL games with Blackhawks, Avalanche, Rangers, Lightning, Penguins anda Sabres he has compiled 112 goals, 181 assists and 2,345 penalty minutes.

Stars, Barnaby agree to one-year deal
Penguins sign free agent Ruutu
Flyers ink Randy Robitaille
Blues bring back Petr Cajanek
Yzerman headed to WIngs' front office?
Reasoner returns to Oilers
Lightning sign Denis to 3-year deal
Kings sign Willsie to two-year deal
Thrashers sign Brathwaite, Krog, Haydar
Senators re-sign Spezza for two years
Carter's days with Canucks over?
Blues sign unrestricted free agent Guerin
Isles agree to terms with Hilbert
Islanders ink Witt to three-year deal
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Monday, July 03, 2006

Guerin to St. Louis; Witt to the Island; Rucchin to Atlanta; Aaron Ward newest Ranger

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - The St. Louis Blues are expediting their rebuilding process.
The Blues continued their free-agent frenzy Monday night, signing veteran right wing Bill Guerin.
Terms were not disclosed.
After struggling to a 21-46-15 record last season en route to missing the playoffs for the first time since 1979, the Blues have been busy since the free-agent signing period began Saturday.
Guerin, who had his contract bought out by the Dallas Stars on Thursday, joins defenseman Jay McKee, center Doug Weight and right wing Dan Hinote as players that have signed with the Blues. Captain Dallas Drake also was re-signed and coach Mike Kitchen inked an extension.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CP) - Defenceman Brendan Witt has found a new home for at least the next three years.
Witt agreed to a three-year contract with the New York Islanders, the club announced Monday. ''From the beginning, the Islanders were at the top of the list of teams I wanted to sign with,'' Witt said in a statement. ''This is a franchise with an incredible tradition and I'm excited to be part of the new era on Long Island. I appreciate the faith Neil Smith has put in me and I'm looking forward to being coached by Ted Nolan.
''We're going to be a team that Islander fans can be proud of.''
Witt, 31, had a goal and 13 assists in 72 games with Nashville and Washington last season. The six-foot-two, 220-pound rearguard had only played for Washington before a mid-season deal landed him with the Predators.

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent centre Steve Rucchin.
The deal is over three years that will see Rucchin paid $1.85 million in the first season, $2.4 million in the second and $4.25 million in the final year of the deal.
"Steve is a proven veteran with a versatile skill-set that will complement any combination of our wingers, said Thrashers general manager Don Waddell. "He possesses solid offensive skills, is strong on face-offs and brings additional character and leadership to our line-up."
Rucchin, 34, has recorded 468 points in 688 NHL games in 11 seasons with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and New York Rangers. He has recorded 50-or-more points in a season five times and has scored 20-or-more goals on three occasions. In 37 NHL playoff games with the Mighty Ducks and Rangers, he has recorded 17 points.
The 6-3, 215-pound center played in 72 games for the Rangers in 2005-06, his lone season with the team, recording 36 points.
New York, NY -- New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.5 million contract with free agent defenceman Aaron Ward.
The 6-2, 225-pounder appeared in 71 games with the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes last season, registering a career-high 25 points. Ward also led the team and tied for 13th in the league with 164 blocked shots.
In 25 postseason contests, Ward notched five points, along with 18 penalty minutes, helping the Hurricanes capture the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
"Aaron is another proven winner joining our lineup, having won three Stanley Cup Championships", said Rangers general manager Glen Sather. “He brings leadership and experience to our team and adds a competitive edge to our defensive corps.”
A member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, Ward has skated in 552 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes, registering 99 points and with 501 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 78 career playoff games.
Ward was originally the Winnipeg Jets' first round choice, 5th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Pronger traded to the Ducks for Lupul, prospect, and picks

Chris Pronger, the biggest name on the summer trade block, is going to California.
The Anaheim Ducks have traded Joffrey Lupul, top prospect Ladislav Smid, Anaheim's first-round choice in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and Anaheim's second-round pick in 2008 to the Oilers in exchange for Pronger.
Pronger, 31, put up 56 points and a plus-2 rating during the 2005-2006 regular season and was a stalwart for the Oilers during their playoff run to the Stanley Cup final, recording 21 points and a plus-10 rating in 24 games. The 2000 Hart and Norris Trophy winner is regarded as one of the very best defenders in the league, and joins a Ducks defence corps that includes 2004 Norris Trophy winner Scott Niedermayer.
Pronger has 456 points and a plus-127 rating in an 802-game career that has seen him play in Hartford, St. Louis and Edmonton. He also has 72 points and a plus-25 rating in 109 career playoff games.
The 6-foot-6, 220 pound defenceman signed a five-year, $31.25-million contract with the Oilers last August, then surprised the team with his request for a trade shortly after the season due to personal reasons.

Steve Yzerman Retires

After 22 seasons, Detroit Red Wings' captain Steve Yzerman is calling it a career, Sportsnet has learned.The Red Wings have called a press conference for 1 pm ET on Monday where the announcement is expected to be made official.The 41-year old is considered one of the greatest players ever to wear the red and white, and led Detroit to three Stanley Cups, which included a Conn Smythe trophy in 1998. Also sitting in the ten-time all-star's trophy case is a gold medal from the 2002 Olympics.Yzerman finishes his career with 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points in 1,514 regular season games.

Ed Belfour going to the WIngs?

Is Ed Belfour planning on trading in the blue and white of the Leafs for the red and white of the WIngs?
According to the Toronto Sun, former Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour is looking to sign with the Detroit Red Wings in a role that would see him backup starter Chris Osgood.
The paper quoted Belfour's agent Ron Salcer as saying that "Ed's plans are definitely to play goal again in the NHL. He's weighing his options, doing his therapy religiously (from spring back surgery) and making significant progress every day."
Asked if the Leafs' decision to terminate his contract last week would scare other teams away from the 41-year-old, Salcer retorted "it would be hard not to pay attention to Ed Belfour if he's available. He's come back from every kind of adversity."


On the heels of Saturday's blueliner signing frenzy, the biggest name out there for defencemen is Chris Pronger.
Sources have told TSN that Edmonton could finally deal the former Hart and Norris trophy winner, possibly by Monday. Anaheim is believed to still be a major player, which could be an absolute nightmare for teams forced to match up against a duo like Pronger and one of the other best defencemen in hockey - Scott Neidermayer.

Meanwhile, many agents that TSN spoke to this weekend were waiting for the free agent marketplace to establish itself for the forwards. While the market for defencmen was set quickly, it has been a slower process for the guys up front, although that is starting to change.
Jason Arnott's 5-year, $22.5 million deal started the ball rolling, with Doug Weight, Marty Straka and Alyn McCauley all following. This should pave the way for the likes of Sergei Samsonov, Brendan Shanhan, and Anson Carter to all sign soon.
Despite a disastrous year in L.A., Jeremy Roenick is apparently still in demand. Multiple teams are said to be inquiring about the outspoken one's services, and a Canadian team is a definite option - Calgary could be a potential home for JR in 2006-2007.

Former Leafs netminder Ed Belfour continues to rehab in Dallas right now and hopes to get back on the ice later this month. According to the 41-year-old's agent, several teams have expressed an interest in the future Hall of Famer.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Weight back to St. Louis; Straka re-signs with Rangers;

Doug Weight is going back to St. Louis. Weight, 35, was traded from the Blues to Carolina in late January and helped the Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup, but he's now signed a two-year deal to return to St. Louis. FULL STORY...

Rangers re-sign Straka
The New York Rangers have re-signed free agent forward Martin Straka to a one-year, $3.1-million contract.

Lightning deal Sydor back to Dallas
Panthers sign Salei for four years
Kings sign McCauley to three-year deal

Arnott to Nashville; Sillinger an Islander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CP) -- The Nashville Predators have waded into the free-agent swimming pool, signing coveted centre Jason Arnott on Sunday to a $22.5-million US, five-year contract.The 31-year-old Arnott had a career-high 76 points for the Dallas Stars last season and was one of the top unrestricted free agents available this summer."Jason Arnott provides the perfect fit for the Nashville Predators and we are thrilled to add a player of his calibre to our lineup," GM David Poile said. "He has size, skill and experience and gives us the No. 1 center that we have been looking for." Arnott won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000, when he scored the championship-clinching goal in overtime.In 824 NHL games with the Stars, New Jersey and Edmonton, he has 276 goals and 368 assists for 644 career points.

Mike Sillinger, one of the game's top defensive centers and a 32-goal scorer last season, is now a member of the New York Islanders.
The Islanders signed the 35-year old Sillinger to a three-year contract late Saturday night. The native of Regina, Saskatchewan had 32 goals, 31 assists and 63 points in 79 games last season spilt between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. In five playoff games with the Predators this spring, he had two goals and an assist. In 908 NHL games, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Sillinger has scored 461 points.
"Mike Sillinger is one of the most respected players in the game -- strong in all zones and at faceoffs, an excellent skater and a leader," said Islanders general manager Neil Smith. "It says a lot about Mike that he excelled in the first year under the new NHL rules by scoring 32 goals and having his best offensive season. Since Saturday morning, Mike was the forward we focused on. His signing makes us a better team in so many areas of the game."
Reached at home in Regina this morning, Sillinger was ecstatic about coming to Long Island. After all, in last season's Blues media guide, he listed Bryan Trottier as his idol.
"Neil Smith drafted me in Detroit and Bryan Trottier was my favorite player growing up, so this is perfect," said Sillinger. "As a free agent, you want to go to a good, young team and the team that wants you the most. I appreciate the faith that Neil has placed in me and I'm really looking forward to playing for Ted Nolan. I'm very proud to be joining the Islanders."

Saturday, July 01, 2006

TB signs Kuba to replace Kubina; Wild sign Carney and Johnsson on D

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) - After letting one Czech defenseman leave via free agency, the Tampa Bay Lightning recruited another.
Following the departure of Pavel Kubina to Toronto earlier in the day, the Lightning on Saturday signed blue-liner Filip Kuba to a three-year, $9 million contract.
An eighth-round pick of Florida in 1995, Kuba was traded to Calgary in March 2000 but never played for the Flames. The 29-year-old was selected by Minnesota in the expansion draft that June and spent the last five seasons with the Wild, making his lone All-Star appearance in 2004.
Last campaign, Kuba recorded six goals, 19 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 65 games with Minnesota while leading the team with an average ice time of 21 minutes, 46 seconds.

The Minnesota Wild continue to re-tool their defence.
After signing Keith Carney earlier to help on the blueline, the club has signed Kim Johnsson to a four-year, $19.4 million contract.
Also earlier, the team added established goal scorer Mark Parrish as a free agent.
An 11th-round pick of the New York Rangers in 1994, Johnsson was acquired by Philadelphia in the August 2001 deal that sent Eric Lindros to the "Big Apple."

The 30-year-old Swede developed into an offensive weapon with the Flyers, recording 41 points in his first season with the club in 2001-02 and registering a career-high 42 two campaigns later.

"We are very excited to add a player of Kim's caliber to our blue line," Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said. "Adding his offensive skills is another step towards assembling the team we believe will compete at a high level in the coming seasons."
In 2005-06, Johnsson notched six goals and 19 assists in 47 games before missing the final 31 contests with post-concussion symptoms.
Johnsson, who represented his country at the 2002 Winter Olympics, has collected 51 tallies and 194 points in 442 career contests with the Rangers and Flyers.

Blake back with LA; Parrish going Wild; Lalime to Chicago, and Hedberg to Atlanta

Rob Blake is returning to where his career began. The 16-year veteran signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Blake, 36, has spent the last four-plus seasons with Colorado, helping the team win its second Stanley Cup in 2001. In 81 games with the Avalanche last season, he had 14 goals and 51 assists.FULL STORY...

The Minnesota Wild have signed right wing Mark Parrish to a five-year contract.
Parrish, who had 29 goals and 20 assists in 76 games with the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings this year, will make $2.65 million per year.
In 518 carrer NHL games with the Kings, Islanders and Florida Panthers Parrish contributed 173 goals and 130 assists.

The Chicago Blackhawks have added some depth at the goaltending position.
On Saturday, the team signed unrestricted free agent Patrick Lalime to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Lalime spent last season with the St. Louis Blues, posting a 3.64 GAA with a .881 save percentage.
The 31-year old could serve as the backup to Nikolai Khabibulin.
More details to follow.

The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent goaltender Johan Hedberg. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We focused our attention on strengthening our goaltending and made Johan a priority because he competes at a very high-level and will give us the quality starts that will allow us to be successful," said Thrashers executive vice president and general manager Don Waddell. "We hold Johan in the highest regard and we're excited to add him to our line-up."
Hedberg, 33, posted a 12-4-1 record and a 2.67 goals-against average in 19 games with Dallas last season. He tied his career high with a six-game win streak from Dec. 2 to Jan. 9, notching a 1.64 goals-against average in that span.
Hedberg has posted a 66-67-15 record and 2.81 GAA in 156 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Dallas. He has earned a 10-10 record with a 2.31 GAA in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. The 6-0, 185-pound netminder set career highs with 25 wins and a club-record 66 games with Pittsburgh in 2001-02. He also registered a career-best 2.51 GAA in 21 games with Vancouver in 2003-04.

Ottawa signs Gerber and Corvo, McKee to the Blues

After losing a pair of defencemen earlier in the day, the Ottawa Senators have made a pair of signings.
The team has signed goaltender Martin Gerber and defenceman Joe Corvo.
Gerber, who compiled a 38-14-6 record and a 2.78 goals against average in 60 games with the Carolina Hurricanes this season signed a three-year contract.
He played just six games in the playoffs after losing his job to Cam Ward and was 1-1 with a 3.52 goals against average.

Jay McKee's name is off the free agent list, as the blueliner has signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues have also re-signed forward Dallas Drake.
The Buffalo Sabres didn't give the 28-year-old McKee the long-term deal he was seeking before this season, and instead signed him to a one-year contract.
McKee played his entire 10-year career with the Sabres after being taken 14th overall by the team in 1995.
In 75 games this season, McKee scored five goals and 16 points. His solid defensive play and shot-blocking abilities helped lead the Buffalo Sabres to the Eastern Conference Final.

Flames sign Andrei Zyuzin

The Calgary Flames have signed defenceman Andrei Zyuzin.
Zyuzin, 28, played in 57 games with the Minnesota Wild during the 2005-06 season collecting 18 points and 50 penalty minutes.
In 415 NHL career games with Minnesota, New Jersey, Tampa Bay and San Jose the Russian native has collected 109 points and 378 penalty minutes.

Leafs sign twin towers! Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill

TORONTO (CP) -- With their skilled defencemen locked up long-term, the Toronto Maple Leafs added a pair of blue-line behemoths Saturday.The Leafs signed six-foot-seven veteran Hal Gill to a $6.3-million, three-year contract while coming to terms with six-foot-five defenceman Pavel Kubina on a $20-million, four-year deal.Both players were unrestricted free agents.Gill, who made just under $1.6 million last season, had one goal, nine assists and 124 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Bruins. The 31-year-old native of Concord, Mass., has 20 goals and 77 assists in 626 games, all with Boston.Kubina had five goals and 33 assists for Tampa Bay last season, his eighth with the team. The 29-year-old, who made $2.58 million last season, added a goal and an assist in two playoff games.The duo is expected to add some much-needed grit to the Leafs' defence corps, complementing offensive-minded defenceman Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle. Both recently signed long-term deals with the team.Kubina is expected to officially sign with Toronto in the next few days.

Willie Mitchel signs in Vancouver; more signings

With Ed Jovanovski and Nolan Baumgartner leaving in free agency, the Vancouver Canucks have made a move to shore up the blueline, signing Willie Mitchell to a four-year, $14-million contract.
A stay-at-home defenceman, Mitchell had ten points and a plus-19 rating with Minnesota and Dallas in 2005-2006.
Mitchell, 29, is a B.C. native from Port McNeill and has 61 points in 322 career NHL games.

Canucks sign Willie Mitchell
Flyers sign pair of defencemen
Avalanche sign Arnason to one-year deal
Rangers sign Cullen, Rachunek
Thrashers re-sign Mellanby for one year
Blue Jackets sign Balastik, Eriksson, Svitov
Red Wings re-sign Osgood for two years
Capitals ink Pothier to four year deal
Sharks sign Curtis Brown
Kings sign Scott Thornton
Predators re-sign Mason to two-year deal
Canadiens re-sign Bouillon to 3-year deal
Hurricanes re-sign Commodore for two years

Chara and Savard sign in Boston, Jovo-Cop in Phoenix

Zdeno Chara's days with Ottawa Senators officially are over, as the giant defenceman signed a five-year deal with the Boston Bruins worth $7.5 million US a season. The Bruins then signed free agent centre Marc Savard to a five-year, $20 million US contract.FULL STORY...
Bruins sign Savard to five-year, $20M deal
Bruins' 2006-07 Salary Commitments

Ed Jovanovski's name is off the free agent shopping list, as the Phoenix Coyotes have signed the veteran blueliner to a five-year contract worth $32.5 million US.
The deal pays him $6.5 million a season.
"He was the player we wanted," Coyotes managing partner and head coach Wayne Gretzky said in a statement. "This is huge for our franchise."
Jovanovski, 30, tallied 33 points with the Canucks last season despite missing 38 regular season games with a lower abdominal injury.
"I'm excited about being a part of this organization, and playing for Wayne Gretzky," Jovanovski said. "I really respect the group of players that they have assembled. The Coyotes are committed to winning right now and I wanted to be a part of it."

Jovanovski was drafted first overall by the Florida Panthers in 1994 and played three-and-a-half seasons for the team before being traded to Vancouver in a package for forward Pavel Bure.
In 687 career games with the Canucks and Panthers, Jovanovski has 86 goals and 317 points.
More to follow.

Staal re-signs in Carolina, and Langenbrunner stays a Devil

Hurricanes sign Staal to three-year deal
On a day when most NHL teams are looking for unrestricted free agent talent to put them over the top, the Carolina Hurricanes have locked up their homegrown foundation player.

Devils re-sign Langenbrunner
Scratch one free-agent forward from the list of available players.

Roloson, Pisani re-sign with Edmonton, and more....

Sources tell TSN that the Edmonton Oilers have re-signed free agent goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a three-year contract worth $11-million. Roloson, 36, led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Minnesota Wild.FULL STORY...
Oilers 2006-07 Salary Commitments
Sources: Pisani re-signs with Oilers
Thrashers re-sign Mellanby for one year
Blue Jackets sign Balastik, Eriksson, Svitov
Rangers sign defenceman Rachunek
Predators re-sign Mason to two-year deal
Canadiens re-sign Bouillon to 3-year deal
Hurricanes re-sign Commodore for two years
Capitals re-sign Brent Johnson
Lightning sign Nikita Alexeev
Lightning acquire Denis from Blue Jackets