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Winger Brendl looking at one-year deal

7/31/2004

Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes re-signed right
wings Pavel Brendl and Radim Vrbata and defenseman Allan Rourke to
one-year deals Friday.

Brendl missed the final 21 games of last season with a fractured
collarbone. He had five goals and three assists in 18 games with
the Hurricanes after being called up in January from Lowell of the
AHL.

Vrbata played in 80 of Carolina's 82 games last season,
finishing with 12 goals and 13 assists.

Rourke made his NHL debut last season. In 25 games, he had one
goal, two assists and 22 penalty minutes. He played in 45 games
last season with Lowell, with five goals, nine assists and 45
penalty minutes.

San Jose Sharks: The Sharks maintained their
commitment to young defensemen, signing Jim Fahey and Rob Davison on Friday.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Fahey, 25, had two assists in 15 games with the Sharks last
season. The 6-foot, 205-pounder also produced one goal and 18
assists in 32 games with Cleveland of the American Hockey
League.

A Hobey Baker Award finalist following his senior season at
Northeastern in 2001-02, Fahey led all NHL rookie defensemen
with 19 assists and 20 points in 2002-03.

Davison, 24, had three assists and 92 penalty minutes in 55
games with San Jose last year. He added two assists in five
playoff games.

In his rookie season of 2003-03, the 6-2, 225-pound Davison
recorded a goal, two assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-4
in 15 games.

Fahey and Davison are two of six defensemen age 25 or under to
play at least 15 games with the Sharks last season. Brad Stuart,
24, led San Jose defensemen with nine goals and 30 assists last
year.

Montreal Canadiens: The Habs signed center Radek Bonk to a three-year contract on Friday.

Bonk spent all of his previous 10 NHL seasons with Ottawa, and
had 152 goals and 247 assists in 689 games.

The Senators opted not to pick up the remaining $3.5 million on
Bonk's last season and traded him to Los Angeles for a third-round
draft pick. The Canadiens acquired him from the Kings along with
backup goalie Cristobal Huet for goalie Mathieu Garon and a
third-round draft pick.

Bonk had 12 goals and 32 assists last season.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts signed defenseman
Mike Egener, left wing Dennis Packard and center Nick Tarnasky to
multiyear contacts Friday.

The Lightning's first pick in the 2003 NHL draft, the
19-year-old Egener spent the past four seasons with Calgary of the
Western Hockey League, where he had 16 assists and one goal last
season.

Packard, 22, was a seventh-round pick by the Lightning in the
2001 draft and played four years at Harvard.

Tarnasky, 19, scored 26 goals last season, his second with
Lethbridge of the WHL.

Buffalo Sabres: Forward Maxim Afinogenov agreed Friday to a one-year deal.

Afinogenov will make $1.43 million next year, a 10 percent raise
from last season. His agent, Todd Diamond, called it "a done
deal."

Afinogenov had 17 goals, 14 assists and 57 penalty minutes in 71
games last season.

He was Buffalo's third-round pick in the 1997 entry draft.

Ottawa Senators: Ron Low has been named the Senators' new goaltending coach and professional scout, team officials announced Friday.

Low, 54, has been a pro scout with the Rangers for the past two seasons, and also served as the Rangers' bench boss for the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

He joined the NHL coaching ranks with the Oilers in 1989 as a goalie coach to Grant Fuhr and Billy Ranford, and was a member of the 1990 Stanley Cup championship team. Low has also been a head coach with the Oilers, Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Cape Breton and the International Hockey League's Houston Aeros. He was also a player/assistant coach with the Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL).

Low played in 11 NHL seasons with Toronto, Washington, Detroit, Quebec, Edmonton and New Jersey as a goaltender. He was originally selected by Toronto with their eighth choice, 103rd overall, in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft.

Dallas Stars: Defenseman John Erskine signed a one-year contract with the team on Friday.

Erskine, 24, appeared in 32 games for the Stars last season,
posting one assist with 84 penalty minutes. He also played in five
games with the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League, going
scoreless with 18 penalty meetings.

Injury kept the 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman out of 23 games
with Dallas.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.