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Conklin to St. Louis; Anderson signs with Avs

Wednesday, 07.01.2009 / 7:42 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Will the St. Louis Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2010?

With Ty Conklin on board, their chances increase dramatically.

Conklin -- whose teams have reached the Finals in three of the last four seasons (Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Detroit) -- was one of several goalies on the move on Wednesday as he signed a two-year deal with St. Louis.

The 33-year-old appeared in 40 games for the Red Wings last season and went 25-11-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and six shutouts. He'll share the goaltending duties with Chris Mason, who won 27 games for the Blues and also posted six shutouts in 2008-09.

"By signing Ty, we have deepened our goaltending position," Blues President John Davidson said. "Ty had a solid year last season and along with the job Chris (Mason) did for us, we look forward to having two solid goaltenders next season."

Here are the other goalies who changed addresses on Wednesday:

Anderson's an Av -- The Colorado Avalanche addressed their goaltending situation with the signing of Craig Anderson to a two-year deal worth $3.6 million.

Anderson, 28, went 15-7-5 with a 2.71 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 31 games with the Florida Panthers. He'll battle for the No. 1 job with Peter Budaj, who signed a new one-year deal with the Avalanche on Monday.

"In Craig, we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization," Avs GM Greg Sherman said.  "His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career."

Clemmensen to Florida -- After losing Anderson to the Avalanche, the Panthers pounced on Clemmensen, who filled in wonderfully for the New Jersey Devils when Martin Brodeur went down early in the season with a biceps injury.

Clemmensen, who turns 32 on July 23, went 25-13-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 40 games for the Devils. It was the first time he made more than 13 appearances in an NHL season. The three-year deal is worth $3.6 million.


GAMES: 63 | W-L-OTL: 28-24-9
SAVE PCT: .915 | GAA: 2.77

Roloson to the Island -- The New York Islanders have signed Dwayne Roloson to a two-year contract worth $5 million.

Roloson, who turns 40 in October, went 28-24-9 with a 2.77 GAA in 63 games for the Edmonton Oilers. He helped the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2006.

"I got what I wanted in a deal and I'm happy," Roloson said on TSN. "I wanted to try and get a two-year deal and that was one of the teams that offered a two-year deal. I wanted to get that for security reasons."

How much Roloson will play will obviously depend on the health of Rick DiPietro, who was limited to just five appearances in 2008-09.

"That's really up to the coaching staff ... that's out of my control," Roloson said in regards to playing time. "I've known Ricky for a while. We'll have a great working relationship, I'm sure. I'm excited about it and I look forward to working with him."
Boucher back to Philly -- Brian Boucher is going back to where it all started: Philadelphia.

After a solid season with the San Jose Sharks (12-6-3, 2.18 GAA), the Rhode Island native signed a two-year deal worth $1.85 million with the Philadelphia Flyers, who used their first-round pick (No. 22) on the 32-year-old back in 1995. 

Boucher will split time with Ray Emery, who signed a one-year deal with the Flyers last month.

Garon to Columbus -- Mathieu Garon appeared in just four games for the Pittsburgh Penguins after being traded by the Edmonton Oilers, and now Garon has agreed to become Steve Mason's backup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Prior to his deal to the Pens, Garon went 6-8 with a 3.17 GAA and an .895 save percentage for the Oilers. He won two of his four appearances in Pittsburgh.

LaBarbera to the desert -- Jason LaBarbera, who began the season as the starter in Los Angeles and ended it as the backup to Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, is on the move again. The 29-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.

LaBarbera had an 8-10-6 record with a 2.78 goals against average, a .901 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season with the Kings and Canucks. In 107 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles and Vancouver, LaBarbera has a record of 37-44-10 with a 2.97 GAA, a .902 save percenage and four shutouts.

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