December 6, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators continued the process of restocking their blue-line by signing defenceman Joe Corvo to a one-year deal.
Corvo, 36, returns to the Senators after playing for the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins. He was previously with Ottawa in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and was on the Senators team that went to the Stanley Cup final.
The Senators acquired right-winger Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks last week as part of an effort to replace captain Daniel Alfredsson. On the blue-line, Ottawa must make up for the loss of veteran Sergei Gonchar, who was traded to the Dallas Stars.
Corvo had six goals and 11 assists in 40 games for the Hurricanes last season. In 689 career NHL games, Corvo has 89 goals and 211 assists.
His deal is reportedly worth US$900,000.
NEW YORK -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenceman Ryan McDonagh on a six-year, $28.2 million contract.
The new deal announced Monday will carry an annual salary-cap hit of $4.7 million for New York, which is close to the financial ceiling with players still left to re-sign, such as forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
But reaching an agreement with the 24-year-old McDonagh, a cornerstone defenceman, was key. Had he received an offer sheet from another team, the cap-challenged Rangers could have been forced to let him go or make trades to free up space to keep him.
AFTER 15 years in the NHL, there's a part of Matt Cooke's game that he'd like to lose: his reputation for the rough stuff.
With five suspensions levied by the league and other acts criticized over the course of his career, the left wing still has work to do with the image makeover. But the Minnesota Wild's view of Cooke when the market opened was that he is a reliable penalty killer, shot blocker and third line scorer.
So Cooke -- one of Wild fans' most loathed opponents -- signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with Minnesota on Friday, the last and most startling move made by the Wild on a busy first day of free agency.
"I'm sure there's a lot of fans there who maybe aren't fond of me and they remember when I played for Vancouver, but hopefully I can change their opinions rather quickly once I get there," Cooke said.
BOSTON -- Loui Eriksson played in too few playoff games under too many coaches with the Dallas Stars.
Now the high-scoring forward gets a chance with a more successful and stable franchise.
"The last time I was in the playoffs we went to the conference final," Eriksson said Monday, four days after being traded to the Boston Bruins. "It was real fun to go that far and the last five years in Dallas we haven't made the playoffs. So it's been a while."
The Bruins have reached the playoffs in each of their six seasons under Claude Julien. They won the Stanley Cup in 2011 then lost in the finals in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks this year.
Eriksson led the Stars with 150 goals over the past five seasons, but did it under three coaches -- Dave Tippett, Marc Crawford and Glen Gulutzan.
-- from the news services
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2013 C3