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Friday, July 1, 2011
Sami Salo re-signs with Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sami Salo has signed a $2 million, one-year extension to stay with the Vancouver Canucks.

The veteran defenseman, 36, has spent the past eight seasons with the Canucks, and agreed to the deal before becoming a restricted free agent at the noon ET Friday deadline.

He was sidelined with an Achilles tendon tear last season and finished with 10 points in 27 regular-season games. Salo appeared in 21 playoff games during Vancouver's run to the Stanley Cup final, scoring three goals and adding two assists.

In 692 career NHL games for Ottawa and Vancouver, Salo has 84 goals and 280 points.

The Canucks also signed forward Chris Higgins to a $3.8 million, two-year deal. During the playoffs, he added four goals and eight points.

Coyotes sign Torres, Smith

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed left winger Raffi Torres and goalie Mike Smith to multiyear contracts.

Terms of the deals weren't disclosed, but Smith agreed to a two-year contract worth $2 million annually, a source told ESPN.com's Scott Burnside.

Torres had 14 goals and 29 points last season for Vancouver, which reached the Stanley Cup finals. He has 112 goals and 221 points in six NHL seasons with four teams, playing in the finals with Edmonton in 2005-06.

Smith has spent six seasons with Tampa Bay and Dallas, with a 67-66-19 record and 2.71 goals-against average. He played 22 games for the Lightning last season, going 13-6-1 with one shutout.

Phoenix is still looking for a top-line goalie after trading away the negotiating rights to Ilya Bryzgalov, who recently signed with Philadelphia.

Auld agrees to deal with Senators

Veteran goalie Alex Auld is returning to Ottawa, agreeing to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Senators.

Auld, who played 43 games with Ottawa during the 2008-09 season, is expected to be the backup next season to Senators starter Craig Anderson.

The 30-year-old Auld went 6-2-2 with a .914 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average last season with Montreal. He was 16-18-7 with a 2.47 GAA during his first stint with Ottawa.

Hurricanes agree with Boucher, Brent

The Carolina Hurricanes added three free agents Friday, signing two-year contracts with goalie Brian Boucher and center Tim Brent and reaching a one-year deal with forward Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Boucher's $1.9 million deal will pay him $900,000 this season and $1 million in 2012-13. The veteran made $925,000 last season with Philadelphia, and was 18-10 with a 2.42 goals-against average as part of the Flyers' three-goalie rotation.

Brent will make $700,000 this season and $800,000 in 2012-13. He made $575,000 last season with Toronto, and had eight goals and 12 assists in 79 games with the Maple Leafs.

Ponikarovsky will make $1.5 million this season. He had just five goals in 61 games with Los Angeles last season after scoring at least 18 goals in each of his previous five NHL campaigns.

Carolina also re-signed center Jiri Tlusty to a one-year deal worth $525,000. Tlusty had six goals and six assists in 57 games last season.

D'Agostini, Elliott join Blues

The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a two-year, $3.3 million contract with right wing Matt D'Agostini and a one-year, two-way deal with goaltender Brian Elliott.

D'Agostini gets $1.5 million next season and $1.8 million in 2012-13. Elliott will make $600,000 in the NHL, $105,000 in the AHL.

D'Agostini became an unrestricted free agent Friday when the Blues did not offer him a qualifying offer on Monday. He was free to sign with any team, but the Blues continued talking with D'Agostini and his agent Steve Bartlett.

D'Agostini, acquired from Montreal for Aaron Palushaj in 2010, set career highs in goals (21), assists (25) and points (46) in 82 games with the Blues during the 2010-11 season. He has appeared in 183 games over four seasons with the Blues and the Canadiens with 35 goals and 71 career points.

Elliott split last season with Ottawa and Colorado, compiling a 15-27-9 record with three shutouts, a 3.34 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

Lightning add Garon, Ouellet

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goalie Mathieu Garon and right wing Michel Ouellet.

Garon agreed to a two-year, $2.6 million deal and will be the backup to Dwayne Roloson, who is returning to the Lightning on a one-year, $3 million contract signed Thursday. Garon was 10-14-6 record last season with Columbus.

Ouellet got a one-year, two-way contract. He spent the past two seasons playing in Europe.

The Lightning signed right wing Brett Connolly, their 2010 first-round draft pick, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Also, Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who has combined for 96 goals the past two seasons, became a restricted free agent. Contract talks are ongoing with Tampa Bay.

Flames sign acquisition Butler

Defenseman Chris Butler signed a two-year, $2.5 million deal with Calgary.

Calgary acquired Butler and Paul Byron from the Buffalo Sabres for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and a 2012 second-round pick on Day 1 of the NHL draft.

Butler had two goals and seven assists and was a plus-8 in 49 games this past season with the Sabres.

Sabres re-sign McCormick; no deal with Connolly

Forward Cody McCormick has re-signed, but the Sabres were unable to reach a deal to keep center Tim Connolly.

McCormick has six-plus years of NHL experience and earned a regular role in the Sabres' lineup last season, with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 81 games -- all career bests.

Connolly had been the Sabres' longest active serving player after being acquired in a trade that sent former captain Michael Peca to the Islanders in summer 2001. The 11-year veteran is a play-making center who had just completed a two-year, $9 million contract.

Injuries have hampered Connolly's playing time; he missed the entire 2003-04 season because of post-concussion symptoms. He has not played an entire NHL season since his first year in Buffalo and had been limited to playing 98 of a potential 246 games in a three-season stretch spanning 2006 to 2009.

Connolly had 13 goals and 29 assists for 42 points in 68 games last season.

Backup Harding stays with Wild

Goaltender Josh Harding, a dependable backup to Niklas Backstrom, decided to re-sign with the Wild. The 27-year-old missed all of last season with torn ligaments in his right knee, leaving his future with the team in doubt.

Harding went 9-12 with a 3.05 goals-against average in 2009-10. He has started 65 games for the Wild in five seasons. He was a second-round pick of the Wild in 2002 and has spent his entire NHL career with Minnesota.

Bruins sign Pouliot, Whitfield, Khudobin

The Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins have signed free-agent forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year contract.

The 24-year-old former fourth overall pick set career highs with 17 assists, 30 points and 87 penalty minutes along with 13 goals for the Montreal Canadiens last season.

The team also signed forward Trent Whitfield, who was the captain for the minor-league Providence Bruins last season, to a two-year deal. Also agreeing to a two-year deal was goaltender Anton Khudobin.

Khudobin will serve as the team's third goaltender next season.

Penguins sign Kennedy, Sullivan

Forward Tyler Kennedy signed a two-year deal worth $4 million to stay with Pittsburgh, the only NHL team he's played with since being drafted in 2004.

Kennedy, 24, had 21 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season. In 266 career NHL games, Kennedy has 59 goals and 124 points.

The Penguins also signed free-agent forward Steve Sullivan to a one-year contract, worth $1.5 million.

Sullivan, 36, is a 15-year veteran who had 10 goals and 22 points for Nashville last season. He spent six seasons with the Predators, and has 682 career points.

Sullivan, a 5-foot-8, 161-pound left winger, was drafted in the ninth round by the Devils in 1994. He scored a career-high 34 goals in 2000-01 with the Blackhawks.

Eager, Barker, Hordichuk join Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Ben Eager on a three-year, $3.3 million deal. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound forward, had seven goals and 17 points in 68 games last season with Atlanta and San Jose.

The Oilers also signed defenseman Cam Barker to a two-year, $2.25-million contract, and agreed with forward Darcy Hordichuk on a one-year contract.

The 27-year-old Eager has 34 goals and 35 assists in 323 NHL games with Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and San Jose. Barker, who had one goal and four assists in 52 games with Minnesota last season, had his contract bought out by the Wild.

Hordichuk, 24, had one goal and four assists in 64 games with Florida last season.

Vandermeer joins Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have signed free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer to a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old Vandermeer had two goals, 12 assists and 74 penalty minutes in 62 games with Edmonton last season. He also finished fourth on the team with 122 hits and 78 blocked shots.

Vandermeer adds more depth and physical play to the blue line for San Jose. The Sharks previously acquired All-Star defenseman Brent Burns in a deal with Minnesota last week.

Vandermeer has 24 goals and 77 assists in eight seasons in the NHL.

Ducks acquire Foster from Oilers for Sutton

The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Andy Sutton.

Foster appeared in 74 games last season, recording 14 assists and 22 points. Sutton had four assists in 39 games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.