NHL roundup: Pens sign Staal to 10-year deal

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Nine days after acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Carolina Hurricanes signed center Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract extension Sunday.

Staal was traded to the Hurricanes during the NHL draft's first day for Brandon Suttter, Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's first-round pick.

Signing Staal "represents a cornerstone of our franchise for the long term," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement.

The brother of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, Jordan is only 25 and already has played in six NHL seasons.

Staal scored a career-high 25 goals and 50 points last season. He has 120 goals in 431 career games.

The new deal begins with the 2013-14 season.

---The Dallas Stars have signed right wing Ray Whitney to a two-year $9 million contract, the team announced Sunday.

Whitney, 40, was an unrestricted free-agent after the Phoenix Coyotes were unable to sign him in part because of their unstable future.

Despite his age, Whitney was one of the most sought-after free agents as the signing period began at noon ET Sunday. He was 12th in the NHL with 77 points while helping the Coyotes win the Pacific Division and advance to the Western Conference finals. He has averaged 67 points per season since turning 35.

--- The Florida Panthers re-signed goaltender Scott Clemmensen to a two-year contract before he became an unrestricted free agent, the team announced Sunday.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Clemmensen, 34, was expected to be one of the most desired free agent goaltenders on the market. He started 25 games last season with a.915 save percentage.

--- The Edmonton Oilers beat the deadline Sunday, re-signing re-signed left wing Ryan Smyth to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, the team announced.

Smyth, 36, who was acquired last July from the Los Angeles Kings, would have become an unrestricted free agent at noon EST.

The Oilers captain had 46 points last season, including 19 goals, in 82 games. He also is known as the six-time captain for Canada's national team.

--- The Nashville Predators beat the free-agent deadline Saturday night and signed center Paul Gaustad to a four-year, $13 million contract.

Gaustad, 30, who was acquired at the February trade deadline, would have become an unrestricted free agent at noon EST.

Gaustad had seven goals and 14 assists in 70 games last season with a minus-1 rating. He has scored 71 career goals in 493 games.

--- Right wing Shane Doan, who has played all 17 of his NHL seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, reportedly will wait until July 9 to decide if he will become a free agent.

Doan, who has 310 goals in 1,198 games, will wait until then to see if Greg Jamison's bid to buy the Coyotes is successful, according Canada's The Sports Network.

---- Free-agent defenseman Filip Kuba signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Carolina Panthers, NHL.com reported, based on Twitter from his agent, Rich Evans.

Kuba figures to be a replacement for Jason Garrison, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Kuba, 35, had 32 points in 73 games with the Ottawa Senators last season.

---The Ottawa Senators moved to fill a void on their roster left by the loss of defenseman Filip Kuba in unrestricted free agency by acquiring defenseman Marc Methot from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Nick Foligno on Sunday.

Methot, 27, had seven goals, 44 assists and 208 penalty minutes in six seasons with the Blue Jackets. He has three years left on his contract at $3 million per season. He played in 46 games this past season with one goal and six assists.

Foligno, 24, scored 61 goals and had 87 asissts in five seasons with the Senators, including 15 goals and a career-best 47 points this past se

---Free-agent forward Adam Burish agreed to terms with the San Jose Sharks on a four-year contract valued at a reported $1.8 million per season.

Burish spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Stars. This past season was his best statistically with six goals and 19 points in 65 games.

Burish, who was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 2010, likes to mix it up. During his career, he averages more than a penalty minute per game and spent 214 minutes in the box in the 81 games of the 2007-08 season.

The University of Wisconsin product was a ninth-round draft pick in 2002.

---Goaltender Yann Danis agreed to a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Danis played for Oklahoma City, the Oilers' AHL affiliate, this past season and had a 26-14-2 record with a 2.07 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and five shutouts in 43 games. He was named the AHL's outstanding goalie and to the all-star team.

Danis, 31, played in one game with the Oilers last season.

---The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forwards Tanner Glass to a two-year contract and Riley Holzapfel to a one-year deal Sunday.

The hard-hitting Glass, whose salary averages $1.1 million annually, had career highs of five goals and 16 points in 78 games last season for the Winnipeg Jets. He led the Jets with 248 hits.

Glass is expected to take over Arron Asham's spot on the fourth line after Asham signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

Holzapfel, 23, had 16 goals and 37 points for two teams in the AHL last season.

---The St. Louis Blues signed goaltender Mike McKenna and defensemen Taylor Chorney and Scott Ford to one-year contracts Sunday.

McKenna, 28, has played in 17 NHL games with Tampa Bay and New Jersey. This past season was spent with Binghamton in the AHL.

Chorney, 24, was claimed off waivers by the Blues from Edmonton on Oct. 11. He played in five NHL games last season, including two with the Blues. The bulk of his season was spent with Oklahoma City in the AHL, where he had 24 points in 50 games.

Ford, 32, had 11 points and 89 penalty minutes in 75 games for Milwaukee of the AHL last season.

---Right winger PA Parenteau is taking his offensive talents to the Colorado Avalanche.

Coming off a 67-point season with the New York Islanders, Parenteau agreed to a four-year contract, the Avalanche announced Sunday. TSN reported the deal could be for $16 million.

In two seasons with the Islanders, the 29-year-old Parenteau had 38 goals and 82 assists.

---The New York Rangers added a veteran presence Sunday when free-agent forward Arron Asham agreed with a two-year contract for a reported $2 million with the team.

Known for his toughness, the 34-year-old Asham has 940 career penalty minutes and figures to offset the Rangers' anticipated loss to Brandon Prust through free agency. Asham played for the Pittsburgh Penguins the past two seasons and had five goals, 11 assists and 76 penalty minutes last year.

Asham has appeared in 756 games in the NHL and has 92 goals and 114 assists.

---The New York Islanders added defensieman Matt Carkner and center Brad Boyes through the free-agent market Sunday.

Carkner reached an agreement with the Islanders on a three-year, $4.5 million contract after it appeared the Colorado Avalanche had announced they'd signed the 6-foot-4, 229-pounder. He had a goal, two assists and 33 penalty minutes in 29 regular-season games and added an assist and 21 penalty minutes in the playoffs for the Ottawa Senators this year.

Boyes, 30, signed a one-year deal for $1 million. The former first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs had eight goals and 15 assists in 65 games last season for the Buffalo Sabres.

---Defenseman Joe Corvo will return to the Carolina Hurricanes for the third time, signing a one-year deal with the club Sunday.

The Hurricanes also re-signed goaltender Justin Peters for two years and forward Brett Sutter to a one-year contract.

Corvo, 35, played in 75 games for the Boston Bruins this past season and had four goals and 21 assists and was plus-10.
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