NHL roundup: Brodeur re-signs with DevilsBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Jul 2, 2012 6:40 PM EDT
Veteran Martin Brodeur will be back with the New Jersey Devils next year. The 40-year-old goaltender signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Devils, ESPN.com reported Monday. Brodeur, who is closing in on 700 wins, has played his entire career with New Jersey and the new contract likely will allow him to finish with the Devils. The Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs were thought to be interested in Brodeur after he helped lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup final for the fifth time in his career. "It was great the Devils stepped up," Brodeur told ESPN.com. "You have to understand what's happening obviously with the ownership situation and with what's happening with Zach (Parise). I understood that. I'm just happy this got done." Brodeur holds NHL records for most wins (656), shutouts (119) and minutes played by a goaltender. During the regular season, Brodeur posted a 21-21-4 record with a .2.41 GAA and .908 save percentage. -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman trimmed four games from the suspension of Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres for his hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks standout Marian Hossa during the playoffs. Torres' penalty was reduced from 25 games to 21 after he appealed the severity of the ruling by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Bettman heard the appeal May 17. After the April 21 suspension for a hit that left Hossa with a concussion, Torres missed the Coyotes' final 13 playoff games. He'll be forced to sit out the entire preseason and the first eight games of the 2012-13 regular season. The suspension will cost Torres approximately $170,000 in lost salary. -- The Calgary Flames added instant offense to its lineup Monday with the signing of center Jiri Hudler to a four-year contract valued at a reported $16 million. Hudler, 28, had 25 goals and 25 assists last season for the Detroit Red Wings. He has spent his entire career with the Red Wings, winning a Stanley Cup in 2008, after being drafted in the second round in 2002. ---The Montreal Canadiens signed restricted free agent goalie Carey Price to a new six-year contract, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not released, but the Montreal Gazette had reported earlier Price was expected to sign a deal with an annual cap hit of between $6 million and $6.5 million. Price had a 26-28-11 record with a 2.43 goals-against average for the Canadiens this past season. ---Zach Parise, probably the most prized forward on the free-agent market, is not ready to make a decision on the team he will choose. He had 31 goals and 38 assists for the New Jersey Devils this past season, and he told reporters Monday that the Devils are among the teams in contention for his services. His decision could come as soon as Monday night, or it may not come for a fee days.
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