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Tuesday, October 4, 2005
'Big M' memorabilia up for bid news services

Toronto Maple Leafs: Frank Mahovlich is the latest former NHL star to put his hockey memorabilia up for auction.

Classic Collectibles, which has auctioned off jerseys, trophies and other items for greats such as Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau, announced Monday that a collection is on the block from Mahovlich, who starred for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens from 1956-74.

Mahovlich, 67, known as The Big M in his playing days, is now in the Canadian senate.

His 1961-62 Maple Leafs and 1972-73 Canadiens Stanley Cup trophies have already drawn bids of $3,000 US each and a 1960s game-worn wool jersey drew $13,310, according to Classic Collectibles' Marc Juteau.

Other items include Mahovlich's red uniform from the 1972 Canada-Soviet series, which had a bid of $4,026, and his 1981 Hockey Hall of Fame ring ($1,815).

Also on auction are Ted Kennedy's 1948 Leafs Stanley Cup trophy, Andre Pronovost's 1959 Canadiens Cup ring, a 1930s game worn jersey from Larry Aurie of the Red Wings, as well as items from Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Hull and Patrick Roy.

Bidders have two weeks to make offers for the items on

Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes put four players, including goaltender Brian Boucher, on the injured-reserve list to get their NHL roster down to the 23-man limit to start the season.

The Coyotes also announced that defenseman Brad Ference and defenseman/left wing Chris McAllister cleared waivers and were assigned to the team's AHL affiliate in San Antonio.

Boucher has been sidelined since suffering a groin pull in the postgame shootout of Phoenix's preseason opener here Sept. 16.

Left wing Ladislav Nagy is sidelined with a shoulder injury while left wing Jason Chimera has an oblique strain and right wing Fredrik Sjostrom has a lacerated foot.

Coyotes officials said Nagy, Sjostrum and Chimera could all be activated before Saturday night's home opener against Minnesota.

Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets claimed defenseman Andy Delmore off waivers from the Red Wings to try to add depth on the blue line.

The Blue Jackets also re-assigned right wings Steven Goertzen and Brandon Sugden to Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse and sent goaltender Martin Prusek to Syracuse on a conditioning assignment.

Delmore has appeared in 276 career NHL games. He's scored 43 goals and added 58 assists with the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres. He spent the 2003-2004 season with the Sabres, scoring two goals with five assists and 29 penalty minutes in 37 games.

Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes have signed left wing Kevin Estrada to a two-year contract that would pay him $450,000 a year if he makes the club.

If the 23-year-old Estrada is sent to play for the Hurricanes' minor-league affiliate, the Lowell Lock Monsters, he will earn $35,000 the first year and $40,000 the second year. He also got a $15,000 signing bonus.

Estrada was a third-round pick out of Michigan State by the Hurricanes in the 2001 N-H-L Entry Draft. He had a goal and three assists during the 2005 Senators NHL Rookie Tournament last month.

The Hurricanes open the regular season Wednesday at Tampa Bay before returning to Raleigh for their home opener against the Pittsburgh on Friday.

Washington Capitals: The Capitals picked up goaltender Brent Johnson after he was waived by the Vancouver Canucks.

Johnson is 77-53-13 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .904 save percentage over four NHL seasons with St. Louis and Phoenix. He was in Vancouver's camp this preseason.

To get the roster down to 25 players ahead of Wednesday's season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Capitals assigned forward Miroslav Zalesak and defensemen Jakub Cutta, Mike Green and Lawrence Nycholat to Hershey of the AHL.

Johnson gives the club three goalies, joining starter Olie Kolzig and reserve Maxime Ouellet. The roster has 14 forwards and eight defensemen.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild claimed center Randy Robitaille off waivers from the Nashville Predators.

Robitaille had one goal and three assists in four preseason games with Nashville.

Last season, Robitaille recorded 11 goals and 26 assists in 69 games with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Robitaille, 29, has played in 318 NHL games with six teams, recording 51 goals and 96 assists.

Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings signed forward Dan Cleary to a one-year, two-way contract.

Cleary, 26, played for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003-04 season and had six goals and 11 assists in 68 games. Terms of his deal with Detroit were not disclosed.

The Red Wings' opening day roster now has 23 active players -- three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards. Detroit begins the season on the road Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.