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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Flames sign center Primeau, defenseman Hale to contracts

Associated Press

Wayne Primeau

Primeau

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames re-signed center Wayne Primeau to a three-year contract and inked defenseman David Hale to a one-year deal.

Calgary had acquired Primeau, who could've become an unrestricted free agent Sunday, from the Boston Bruins in a February trade that also brought defenseman Brad Stuart to the Flames. His salary last season was $1.15 million. In the new deal, he'll earn $1.4 million a year.

Primeau, 31, had three goals and four assists in 27 games for the Flames. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound forward played a defensive role on Calgary's third and fourth lines. He had two assists in six playoff games.

Calgary acquired Hale from New Jersey at the Feb. 27 trade deadline. The rookie had one assist in 43 games for the Devils before he was traded to Calgary, where he played another 11 regular-season games and two postseason contests.

Hale will earn $590,000 next season, a $40,000 raise from this year.