Veteran defenseman signs 1-year deal

Originally Published: September 9, 2003
SportsTicker

Florida Panthers: Veteran defenseman Lyle Odelein landed with his seventh NHL team Tuesday when he signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.

Terms for the unrestricted free agent were not disclosed.

Odelein, 35, split last season between Chicago and Dallas and had seven goals and four assists in 68 games.

"Lyle is a veteran player and a tough, physical defenseman, something we felt that was missing from our team," Panthers general manager Rick Dudley said. "The people in Dallas spoke very highly about his effect on the younger players around him and that is again something we're looking for."

A 14-year NHL veteran, Odelein has appeared in 947 NHL games after spending time with Montreal (1989-96), New Jersey (1996-2000), Phoenix (1999-2000), Columbus (2000-02), Chicago (2001-03) and Dallas. Odelein served as captain for the Blue Jackets during the franchise's first two seasons.

Odelein, who won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993, has 46 goals, 189 assists and 2,178 penalty minutes. In 86 postseason games, he has five goals and 13 assists.

Calgary Flames: The team re-signed defenseman Mike Commodore, who was acquired from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in March.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Commodore played in only six games for the Flames, recording one assist and 19 penalty minutes.

The Flames obtained Commodore and goaltender Jean-Francois Damphousse in the deal that sent Rob Niedermayer to Anaheim.

A second-round pick of the Devils in 1999, Commodore had one goal and six assists in 63 career NHL games.

Calgary Flames: Unrestricted free agent Craig Johnson, a member of the Los Angeles Kings since the 1995-96 season, agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday. Terms were not announced.

The 31-year-old forward has 73 goals and 89 points in 493 career games -- all but 64 with the Kings. He began his career with the St. Louis Blues in 1995.

Johnson had career highs of 17 goals and 21 assists in 74 games in 1997-98.

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