Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Yzerman returns for 21st season with Detroit

Sabres sign Drury to four-year contract; Pens trade goalie

The Associated Press

Steve Yzerman, 38, will return to the Detroit Red Wings for a 21st season after signing a one-year contract with the club Monday. He is the longest serving captain in NHL history.

Yzerman had two goals and six assists in 16 games for the Wings last season, giving him 660 goals and 1,010 assists in 1,378 career games. The center had an osteotomy - realignment procedure - on his right knee Aug. 2, 2002, that caused him to miss the first 61 games last season.

SABRES: Forward Chris Drury, a former Hobey Baker Award winner at Boston University and Little League World Series star, signed a four-year contract with Buffalo.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the established offensive threat is expected to get a significant raise over the $2.5 million he made in the final year of his contract with Calgary last season.

PENGUINS: Pittsburgh traded goalie Johan Hedberg to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in next year's entry draft.

Hedberg has one-year left on his contract and appears headed for a backup role with Vancouver. The Canucks avoided arbitration with goalie Dan Cloutier by signing him to a one-year contract last month.

Hedberg, 30, played in 41 games last season, posting a 14-22-4 record with a 3.13 goals-against average.

Earlier Monday, the Pens signed unproven goaltender Sebastien Caron to a four-year, $3.2 million contract. Their top draft pick, Marc-Andre Fleury, 18, is also a goalie.

COYOTES: Phoenix signed restricted free agent Chris Gratton, 28, to a one-year contract. Phoenix acquired the 6-foot-4, 225-pound center from Buffalo on March 10 in exchange for center Daniel Briere. The teams also swapped picks in the 2004 draft, with Buffalo acquiring Phoenix's third-round selection for a fourth-round pick.

THRASHERS: Forward Bill Lindsay signed with Atlanta after spending part of last season with the Montreal Canadiens.

Lindsay, 32, an unrestricted free agent, has played for four teams during his 12-year career. He helped the Florida Panthers reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1996.

Last season, Lindsay split time between the Canadiens and their AHL affiliate in Hamilton, Ontario. He had two assists and 23 penalty minutes in 19 games with Montreal. He helped Hamilton make the Calder Cup final with 10 goals and three assists in 23 playoff games.

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