NHL ROUNDUP \ News and notes
Stars: Captain Mike Modano was re-signed to a contract Wednesday that likely would keep him with the club for the rest of his career. After sleeping on a five-year offer worth roughly $17.5 million that club officials say he agreed to late Tuesday, the 35-year-old Modano told them Wednesday he was going to keep looking around. But late Wednesday, Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said Modano signed a five-year contract. The club didn't release details of the contract.
Flyers: Peter Forsberg was signed to a two-year, $11.5 million contract. The Flyers originally drafted Forsberg in 1991 but dealt him to Quebec in the Eric Lindros trade in 1992. Since then, Forsberg has become a seven-time All-Star and the league's most valuable player with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.
Avalanche: Veterans Pierre Turgeon and Patrice Brisebois signed two-year contracts. Turgeon, a 17-year veteran and four-time All-Star, will play center. He has 495 career goals. In 2003-04 with Dallas, he had 15 goals and 25 assists. Brisebois, a defenseman, has played all 15 of his previous seasons with Montreal.
Canadiens: Alexei Kovalev and former Detroit forward-defenseman Mathieu Dandenault each signed four-year contracts Wednesday. Kovalev, acquired at the 2004 trade deadline from the New York Rangers, decided to stay with the Canadiens after spurning other offers -- including one to return to Pittsburgh where he enjoyed his best seasons. The right winger will earn $4.5 million per year. Dandenault will receive $1.7 million in 2005-06, $1.7 million in 2006-07, $1.75 million in 2007-08 and $1.75 million in 2008-09. Kovalev, one of the top forwards available on the unrestricted free agent market, had 10 points in 11 playoff games with Montreal in 2004. He scored a career-high 44 goals during the 2000-01 season with Pittsburgh. Dandenault had spent his entire NHL with the Red Wings, winning three Stanley Cup titles in nine years in Detroit.
Islanders: New York traded captain Michael Peca to the Oilers for center Mike York, shortly after signing high-scoring forward Miroslav Satan to a three-year deal. Peca joined the Islanders along with Alexei Yashin in separate draft-day trades in 2001 as New York tried to shed its losing image following seven years of missing the playoffs. The two-time NHL defensive forward of the year immediately became the team's captain and helped lead New York to three straight postseason appearances. New York already has $7.6 million of the $39-million salary cap tied up with center Alexei Yashin.
Flames: Jarome Iginla is staying put. The Calgary captain, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $21-million deal. The $7 million per season puts Iginla fifth on the NHL's list of highest-paid players behind Jaromir Jagr, Keith Tkachuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and Alexei Yashin. Iginla could've taken his qualifying offer of $5.32 million for this season and then become a free agent next summer, but he opted to sign a long-term deal.
Bruins: Brian Leetch, the 37-year-old Norris Trophy-winning defenseman who was raised in Connecticut and played at Boston College, signed a one-year, $4 million contract. The signing of the unrestricted free agent came one day after the Bruins signed free-agent forwards Glen Murray, Shawn McEachern and Dave Scatchard.
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