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Turek retires from Flames, NHL

8/11/2005 - NHL

Calgary Flames: After enjoying success early in his
career, Roman Turek apparently could not deal with the lack
thereof in recent years, as the team announced his retirement Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Turek, who won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and
had a career year one season later with St. Louis, had spent parts of eight seasons in the NHL, will continue his playing career in his native Czech Republic.

Flames re-sign Ference
Defenseman Andrew Ference re-signed with
the team in a deal that will pay him $750,000 next
season.

The 5-foot-10, 196-pound native of Edmonton has 15 goals, 41
assists and 216 penalty minutes in 251 NHL games.

The Flames acquired him from Pittsburgh on Feb. 9, 2003, for a
third-round draft pick. He's been a reliable blue-liner in Calgary
and played in all 26 games during the Flames' run to the 2004
Stanley Cup finals.

Vancouver Canucks: The team
re-signed twins
Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin to one-year contracts Wednesday.

"We are pleased to have Henrik and Daniel under contract for
another year," GM Dave Nonis said in a statement. "The twins are
talented, quality people who have shown continuous improvement in
all aspects of their game since joining the Canucks.

"We expect them to take on more responsibility this season and
we are extremely excited to have this deal in place."

During the 2003-04 season, Daniel Sedin had a career-high 54
points (18 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games to finish fourth in
scoring on the Canucks. He has played in 315 NHL games with
Vancouver, getting 61 goals and 90 assists.

Henrik Sedin had a career-high 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists)
in 76 games during 2003-04 to rank sixth in Canucks scoring. He has
played in 318 games with Vancouver, scoring 44 goals and 102
assists.

The forwards are 24. They spent the lockout season playing for
Modo in their native Sweden.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin were drafted by Vancouver second and
third overall in 1999.

Carolina Hurricanes: Right winger
Justin Williams signed a one-year deal worth nearly $1.23
million.

"Justin is a young player who we anticipate will play a
significant role on our team," general manager Jim Rutherford
said. "He brings a good deal of NHL experience to our group of
young forwards, and has demonstrated that he can develop into a
top-level NHL player."

In 2003-04, his fourth NHL season, Williams established career
highs for games played (79), assists (33), points (44) and penalty
minutes (64) while splitting time between Philadelphia and
Carolina.

After the season, he helped Canada with the gold medal at the
World Hockey Championships.

Williams went to Lulea of the Swedish Elite League during last
season's NHL lockout and had 14 goals and 18 assists in 49 games.

San Jose Sharks:
Center Wayne Primeau and defenseman Tom
Preissing re-signed with the team, agreeing
to two-year contracts.

Primeau, an unrestricted free agent, posted career highs with
nine goals and 20 assists in 72 games during the 2003-04 season.
The Sharks acquired the veteran late in the previous season in a
trade with Pittsburgh.

Preissing, who spent last season with Krefeld of the German
Elite League, was voted the Sharks' top rookie in 2003-04,
recording 19 points in 69 games. He was an All-American at Colorado
College in 2002-03.

The Sharks lost defenseman Mike Rathje to Philadelphia and
haven't replaced him since the lockout ended, but general manager
Doug Wilson has re-signed five of the club's own free agents in the
last three days.

Detroit Red Wings:
Former coach Dave Lewis, who was
replaced last month by Mike Babcock, accepted an offer to be a scout for Detroit.

Lewis accepted the offer Tuesday, Red Wings spokesman John Hahn
said.

In Lewis' two seasons, the Red Wings were successful in the
regular season, but were eliminated in the first round of the
playoffs by Babcock's Mighty Ducks in 2003 and by Calgary in the
second round the following year.

Lewis signed a one-year contract in June 2004, only a few months
before the NHL lockout began. Lewis' contract with Detroit and
Babcock's contract with Anaheim expired on June 30.

Columbus Blue Jackets:
Jan Hrdina, a center
with six seasons in the league, signed a one-year contract.

The 29-year-old Hrdina has 91 goals and 173 assists in 438
career games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes and New
Jersey Devils.

The 6-foot, 206-pound center is the first offensive player to
sign a free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets since the lockout
ended. Earlier, the team signed defensemen Adam Foote and Bryan
Berard and goaltender Martin Prusek.

The Blue Jackets were looking for a veteran center to work with
rising offensive stars such as Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev.

A native of Czech Republic, Hrdina has collected at least 25
assists and 40 points in five of his six NHL seasons. He has also
appeared in 45 playoff games.

Washington Capitals: Defensemen Mathieu Biron and Ivan Majesky
signed free-agent contracts.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Biron had three goals, 10 assists and 51
penalty minutes in 57 games with the Florida Panthers in the
2003-04 season.

He's played five NHL seasons with three clubs, totaling eight
goals, 23 assists and 127 penalty minutes over 201 games.

The 6-5, 230-pound Majesky had three goals, seven assists and 76
penalty minutes in 82 games with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2003-04.
He's never missed a game in two NHL seasons, playing in 2002-03
with Florida.

Majesky played for Slovakia at the 2002 Olympics.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Defenseman-forward Wade
Belak was re-signed and defenseman Aki Berg accepted his one-year
qualifying offer.

Belak, 29, had one goal, one assist and 109 penalty minutes in
43 games with Toronto in 2003-04. He spent the lockout season with
Coventry of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.

Belak has played 275 career NHL games for Colorado, Calgary and
Toronto with seven goals, 15 assists and 811 penalty minutes.

Berg, 28, had two goals, seven assists and 40 penalty minutes in
79 games with Toronto in 2003-04. He played 47 games for Timra of
the Swedish Elite League last season.

Berg has played 531 career NHL games for Los Angeles and Toronto
with 15 goals, 62 assists and 318 penalty minutes.

Ottawa Senators:
Right winger Martin Havlat was re-signed
to a one-year contract, and inked center Mike Fisher to a
three-year deal.

In 2003-04, Havlat had career highs in goals (31), assists (37)
and points (68) while playing 68 games. He was first on the club
with seven winning goals, while finishing third in team scoring.

In four seasons with Ottawa, Havlat has 96 goals, 123 assists
and 162 penalty minutes in 280 games. In the Senators' record book,
he is sixth in goals and seventh in assists and points (219). He
increased his goals, assists, and point totals through each of his
first four NHL seasons.

Havlat played for four teams during the NHL lockout. The forward
skated for the Czech Republic at the 2004 world championships,
recording a team-high six points. He also played for Moscow Dynamo
in Russia, and HC Znojemsti Orli Znojmo and HC Sparta Praha of the
Czech elite league. His Czech Republic point total was 23 (15-8) in
21 games.

Fisher was limited to 24 games with Ottawa in 2003-04 due to a
right elbow injury that required surgery. He had four goals and six
assists. In 248 career games with Ottawa, Fisher has 48 goals and
52 assists.

In 2004-05, he played with EV Zug of the Swiss league, where he
had nine goals and 18 assists in 21 games.

Philadelphia Flyers: Goalie Robert Esche and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg agreed to contracts with the team.

Esche, who was 21-11-7 with a 2.04 goals-against average for the
Flyers during the 2003-04 season, agreed to a two-year contract. He
was 11-7 record with a 2.32 goals-against average as the Flyers
advanced to the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.

In six NHL seasons with Phoenix and Philadelphia, Esche is
51-44-16 with a 2.48 GAA in the regular season. He was drafted by
Phoenix in the sixth round in 1996 and acquired by the Flyers,
along with forward Michal Handzus, in a trade that sent goalie
Brian Boucher to the Coyotes.

Seidenberg, a 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman, accepted the club's
qualifying offer for next season. In two seasons with the Flyers,
he has four goals and nine assists in 63 games.

He split the 2003-04 season between the Flyers and their AHL
affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Last season, he helped the Phantoms win the AHL title, posting
10 points in 18 playoff games. He recorded 13 goals and 28 assists
during the regular season.

Chicago Blackhawks: The team re-signed forward Mark Bell to a one-year contract.

Bell, 25, has played in 257 games for the Blackhawks over three
seasons after being taken with the No. 8 pick in the 1998 draft.
The 6-4, 205-pound left winger has scored 47 career goals to go
along with 56 assists and 347 penalty minutes.

His best year came during the 2003-04 season when he scored 21
goals and had 24 assists.

Nashville Predators: The team re-signed
forward Scott Hartnell.

Hartnell scored a career-high 18 goals in the 2003-2004 season,
tying him for second on the Predators. He was the sixth overall
pick in the 2000 draft.

The Predators also announced the signing of forward Jeremy
Yablonski, who played with Milwaukee last season.

New York Islanders: The team signed center Wyatt Smith, who played in only 83 NHL games over
five seasons.

The speedy and versatile checking center, who has seen time with
Nashville and Phoenix, will report to Islanders training camp when
it opens on Sept. 12. He is expected to provide organizational
depth at forward.

Smith was the fourth-leading scorer last season with Milwaukee
of the AHL, with 19 goals and 47 points in 69 games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.