Saturday, July 01, 2006

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.

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