Adams signs two-year deal from Carolina

Updated: August 10, 2005, 2:16 AM ET
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Carolina Hurricanes: Veteran center Kevyn Adams signed a two-year deal.

Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.

Adams had career highs in goals (10) and points (22) and tied his career high for assists (12) playing for the Hurricanes in 2003-04. He played nine games with Dusseldorf in the German league during last season's lockout, scoring a goal and adding two assists. He also played on the U.S team in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Austria.

He was acquired by the Hurricanes in 2002 along with Bret Hedican and Tomas Malec in a deal that sent Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie to Florida.

He began his NHL career with Toronto in 1997.

Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers retained a pair of players Tuesday, re-signing center Marty Reasoner and defenseman Dan Smith to one-year contracts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Drafted 14th overall by St. Louis in 1996, Reasoner missed the majority of the 2003-04 season with knee and ankle injuries, recording two goals and six assists in just 17 games. The 28-year-old recorded career highs of 11 tallies and 20 assists the previous campaign.

Acquired from the Blues in the July 2001 deal involving Doug Weight, Reasoner has 36 goals and 61 assists in 234 career games.

Smith, a seventh-round pick of Colorado in 1995, last appeared in the NHL in 1999-00. The captain of the Edmonton Road Runners of the American Hockey League last season, the 28-year-old has collected nine penalty minutes in 15 career games with the Avalanche.

Calgary Flames: The Flames added goaltending depth Tuesday, acquiring Philippe Sauve from the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2006.

A second-round selection of Colorado in 1998, Sauve made his NHL debut in 2003-04, posting a 7-7-3 record with a 3.04 goals-against average. The son of former Buffalo Sabres goalie Bob Sauve, the 25-year-old spent last season with Mississippi of the ECHL, going 13-4-4 with two shutouts and a 2.59 GAA.

Sauve has appeared in 167 games with Hershey of the American Hockey League, recording a 71-65-19 mark with 16 shutouts and a 2.39 GAA. He is expected to compete for the backup job to Miikka Kiprusoff, who currently is a restricted free agent.

Pittsburgh Penguins: After making a pair of major coups in the first eight days of the free-agent signing period, the Penguins accomplished a minor one Tuesday, re-signing defenseman Rob Scuderi. Terms were not released.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 1998 draft, Scuderi made his NHL debut in 2003-04, collecting a goal, two assists and four penalty minutes in 13 games. The 26-year-old spent last season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, registering two tallies and 18 assists in 79 contests.

The Penguins signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar and right wing Ziggy Palffy since the free ageny frenzy started last week.

Atlanta Thrashers: The Thrashers took the second and final step in adding Shane Hnidy to their roster Tuesday, re-signing the defenseman, who was a restricted free agent. Terms were not disclosed.

A second-round pick of Buffalo in 1994, Hnidy was acquired from Nashville on July 30 for a fourth-round selection in 2006. He appeared in nine regular-season games and five playoff contests with the Predators in 2003-04 after being obtained from the Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline.

The 29-year-old Hnidy played for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL during the NHL lockout last season, recording one goal and four assists in 19 games. The 6-2, 205-pound Hnidy has compiled four goals, 18 assists and 353 penalty minutes in 198 NHL contests.

The Thrashers also signed right wings Brian Maloney and Adam Smyth on Tuesday.

Maloney, also a restricted free agent, collected seven goals and 10 assists in 77 games with Chicago of the American Hockey League last season. The 27-year-old also helped the Wolves to the Calder Cup finals, adding two tallies and one assist in 18 playoff games.

Smyth, 21, split 2004-05 with Chicago and Gwinnett of the ECHL, recording six goals and 10 assists in 52 contests.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild signed recently-acquired center Todd White to a multiyear contract on Tuesday and re-signed defenseman Willie Mitchell and left wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard to one-year deals.

The Wild traded a fourth-round draft pick to Ottawa last month for White, a veteran of seven NHL seasons who had 29 points for the Senators in 53 games during the 2003-04 season.

Mitchell had 14 points in a career-high 70 games for Minnesota during the 2003-04 season, tying for the team lead with a plus-12 rating.

Bouchard was the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2002. After totaling 22 points in the 2003-04 season, he had a team-high 54 points with Houston of the AHL, Minnesota's top minor league affiliate, during the NHL lockout.

Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks on Tuesday signed free agent right wing Richard Park.

A second-round pick of Pittsburgh in 1994, Park spent the past three seasons with Minnesota. He had a career-high 14 goals and 10 assists in 2002-03, adding three goals and three assists in 18 games during the Wild's unexpected run to the Western Conference finals.

In 2003-04, Park scored 13 goals and 12 assists in 73 games. The 29-year-old has 42 tallies and 47 assists in 308 career contests with the Penguins, Anaheim, Philadelphia and Minnesota.

The only Korean-born player in NHL history, Park split last season with Malmo IF of Sweden and Langnau SC of Switzerland. He represented the United States in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships.

Toronto Maple Leafs: It took three years, but the Maple Leafs finally got Alexander Steen under contract.

Steen, the team's first-round draft pick in 2002, signed a multi-year deal with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.Terms were not disclosed.

The son of former Winnipeg Jet Thomas Steen, the 21-year-old had nine goals and eight assists for Modo of the Swedish Elite League last season. He represented Sweden at the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships.

Also on Tuesday, the Maple Leafs signed defenseman Staffan Kronwall to a multi-year contract

San Jose Sharks: Nils Ekman, who posted career highs of 22 goals and 33 assists in 2003-04, was re-signed to a two-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A fifth-round pick of Calgary in 1994, Ekman spent time in the Tampa Bay and New York Rangers organizations before being acquired by San Jose in August 2003. He appeared in 82 games with the Sharks in 2003-04, finishing second on the team in scoring and posting a club-record plus-30 rating.

A native of Sweden, Ekman, 29, spent last season with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League, scoring team highs of 18 goals and 27 assists.

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

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