Avs' Leschyshyn retires after 16 seasons

Colorado Avalanche: Curtis Leschyshyn retired Monday, ending a 16-year
NHL career in which he was a key part of the Avalanche's
championship team in 1996.

The 36-year-old defenseman returned to Colorado this offseason
and was competing for a roster spot. But with the Avalanche set to
start the season Wednesday, Leschyshyn decided to retire.

Leschyshyn was drafted by Quebec in 1988 before the Nordiques
moved to Colorado. Shortly into the 1996-97 season, he left and
played for Washington, Hartford, Carolina, Minnesota and Ottawa.

He appeared in 1,101 games, including 77 in the regular season
and 17 in the playoffs during the Avalanche's Stanley Cup season.

Also Monday, the Avsreassigned goaltender
Vitaly Kolesnik to Lowell, Mass., of the AHL Monday and released
center Jason Krog.

Colorado also placed center Brett McLean on waivers, reducing
its roster to 24.

The Avalanche open the regular season Wednesday at Edmonton.

Carolina Hurricanes-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: The Mighty Ducks acquired defenseman Bruno St. Jacques from the Hurricanes in exchange for right wing Craig Adams.

St. Jacques played 68 games for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the
American Hockey League last season, with two goals, 12 assists and
60 penalty minutes. St. Jacques, who has played 66 NHL games with
Carolina and Philadelphia, will report to Portland of the AHL.

Adams, who was drafted by Carolina in 1996, played last year in
the Italian league. In 238 games with Carolina, he has had 14
goals, 23 assists and 198 penalty minutes. He will report to the
Lowell Lock Monsters.

Dallas Stars: Stars center Yared Hagos, right wing
Junior Lessard and left wing Vojtech Polak were assigned to the
Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League, while the team
placed left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist on injured reserve.

Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said Tjarnqvist was
day-to-day because of an ankle injury.

Dallas opens the regular season Wednesday night at home against
the Los Angeles Kings.

Nashville Predators: The Predators signed center Yanic Perreault, who recorded two
goals and an assist in four preseason games with the club after
signing a tryout agreement.

Terms were not disclosed, but Perreault made $2.8 million with
the Montreal Canadiens in 2003-04.

The 34-year-old Perreault recorded 16 goals and 15 assists in
2003-04, his third season with Montreal. He notched career
highs of 29 assists and 56 points in his first season with the
Canadiens in 2001-02.

Perreault has led the league in face-off winning percentage each
of the last five NHL seasons, during which time he has averaged
46 points per season. He scored at least 24 goals three
straight seasons beginning in 2000-01 and has tallied at least
five power-play goals every season since 1998-99.

In 671 career games with Toronto, which chose him in the third
round in the 1991 draft, Los Angeles and Montreal, Perreault has
registered 195 goals and 212 assists. He established a career
high with 28 goals with the Kings in 1997-98.

Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets agreed with center Gilbert Brule, the sixth overall pick in the
2005 NHL draft, on a three-year contract.

Brule collected 39 goals and 48 assists in 70 games for the
Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2005. The
5-10, 175-pounder also collected 169 penalty minutes.

He led the Blue Jackets with two goals and three assists in six
preseason games to earn a spot on the team's season-opening
23-man roster.

"It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NHL and I am so
happy this day has come and I'm a Blue Jacket," Brule said. "I'm
going to work hard and hopefully I will play here all year and
do whatever I can to help this team continue to improve and win

"Gilbert is a talented young player who worked really hard and
played extremely well for us during the preseason and I'm very
happy for him and for our organization that we're able to get
this deal done," Columbus general manager Doug MacLean said. "He
earned a spot on our roster and will be a tremendous compliment
to the young talent in our organization."

Columbus begins the season Wednesday at Washington.

Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes assigned rookie
defenseman Matt Jones to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio on
Monday and waived defenseman Brad Ference and defenseman/left wing
Chris McAllister.

The Coyotes now have 27 players on their roster heading into
Wednesday night's season-opener at Vancouver.

Phoenix must make at least two more roster moves by Tuesday
morning and likely will put either forward Ladislav Nagy
(shoulder), goaltender Brian Boucher (groin pull) or forward Jason Chimera (ribs) on the injured-reserve list to start the season.

Coyotes officials said Ference and McAllister would be assigned
to San Antonio if they clear waivers.

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