One day after acquiring Scott Gomez
from the New York Rangers
, the Montreal Canadiens
spent Wednesday working on their blue line.
Not long after the free-agency market opened, the Habs shored up their defense with the signings of veterans Jaroslav Spacek
and Hal Gill
. Spacek signed a three-year deal with the Habs, while Gill agreed to a two-year contract. The signings came shortly before the team learned that All-Star Mike Komisarek
was leaving for the Toronto Maple Leafs
Spacek, 35, appeared in 80 games for the Buffalo Sabres
last season, scoring 8 goals and 37 assists. He has 73 goals in 701 career games. Gill, 34, helped the Pittsburgh Penguins
win the Stanley Cup last month. After going 2-8-10 in 62 games during the regular season, Gill had a pair of assists in 24 postseason contests.
"We decided it was time to part ways," Gill said on TSN. "I think the time was right. It's a great organization and I've always loved to play (at the Bell Centre). I'm excited about it. It just seemed to fit."
NHL.com takes a closer look at other defenseman who switched teams on Wednesday:
Walker's a Bolt; so is Krajicek --
Shortly after signing Mattias Ohlund
to a seven-year contract, the Tampa Bay Lightning
re-signed defenseman Lukas Krajicek
to a one-year deal. Krajicek had 19 points in 71 games for the Lightning in 2008-09.
"Lukas is one of the elite skating defensemen in the NHL and he played admirably for us last season in a difficult blue-line situation," Lightning GM Brian Lawton
said. "We are pleased to sign him for the 2009-10 season and we look forward to seeing him for training camp."
Tampa Bay also signed defenseman Matt Walker
to a four-year deal.
The 6-foot-3, 213-pound blueliner had 1 goal, 13 assists and 79 penalty minutes in 65 games for the Chicago Blackhawks
. He was chosen by the St. Louis Blues
in the third round of the 1998 Entry Draft.
Devils re-sign Greene -- Andy Greene
won't be going anywhere, either. The New Jersey Devils
quickly locked up the 26-year-old defenseman on a new contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Greene appeared in 49 games for the Devils last season and notched 2 goals and 7 assists. He missed 20 contests during the regular season due to a broken hand. Greene added 1 assist in three playoff games.
Montador to Buffalo --
The Buffalo Sabres
shored up their blue line with the signing of stay-at-home defenseman Steve Montador
to a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old had 1 assist in 13 regular-season games and 3 points in 11 playoff contests for the Boston Bruins
after being traded from the Anaheim Ducks
Vancouver lands Rome --
Looking for help after losing Ohlund, the Canucks signed Aaron Rome
to a one-year contract.
Rome, 25, spent the majority of last season in the AHL. In 48 games with the Syracuse Crunch, he had 7 goals, 21 assists and 153 penalty minutes. Rome added 1 assist in eight games for the Columbus Blue Jackets
Pardy re-signs in Calgary --
Not long after signing Jay Bouwmeester
to a long-term deal, the Calgary Flames
agreed to terms with Adam Pardy
, who had 2 assists in six playoff games.
The 6-foot-4, 206-pounder appeared in 60 regular-season contests, recording a goal, 9 assists and 69 penalty minutes.
Zanon is Wild -- Greg Zanon
, 29, decided to make the Minnesota Wild
his second NHL team, signing a three-year deal with the club.
Zanon (6-foot, 205 pounds) appeared in all 82 games for the Nashville Predators
last season, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. He has appeared in 230 NHL contests, all with Nashville.
Huskins heads for San Jose -- Kent Huskins
signed a two-year contract to stay with the San Jose Sharks
Huskins, 30, was traded to San Jose at the deadline after spending three seasons with the Anaheim Ducks
, but didn't play due to injury. He had 2 goals, 4 assists and 27 penalty minutes in 33 games this past season, all with Anaheim
Strudwick stays in Edmonton
-- Jason Strudwick
will remain in Edmonton for at least one more season, as he agreed to terms with the Oilers for 2009-10.
Strudwick, who turns 34 on July 17, had two goals, seven assists and 60 penalty minutes in 71 games last season.
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