Canucks sign goalie Johnson, re-sign forward Ruutu
The 28-year-old Johnson split the 2003-04 season between the Blues and Coyotes, going 5-9-2 record with a 2.51 goals-against average. In five NHL seasons, he has a record of 77-53-13 with 12 shutouts and a 2.28 GAA. Johnson's best NHL season came with St. Louis in 2001-02, when he was 34-20-4 with a 2.18 GAA.
"Brent has proven that he can play and play well at the NHL level," general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement. "He adds a great deal of depth to our goaltending position."
Terms were not released.
Ruutu signed a one-year contract worth $600,000. In three seasons with the Canucks, the Finn had 13 goals and 21 assists in 185 games. Ruutu spent the 2004-05 season with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish league, where he had 10 goals and 18 assists.
"We are very excited to once again have Jarkko Ruutu in our lineup," Nonis said. "His competitive nature is infectious and we look forward to another strong season from him."
The Canucks are still negotiating with restricted free agent Matt Cooke, who wants a raise from his $627,000 qualifying offer. The forward was promoted to the top line in 2004 when Todd Bertuzzi was suspended and finished with 11 goals and 12 assists.
The 25-year-old Malone scored a team-high 22 goals and had 21 assists in 81 games in the 2003-04 season. He was tied for third in assists for Pittsburgh and ranked fourth among NHL rookies in goals.
He was the first Penguins rookie to score 20 goals since the 1992-93 season when Shawn McEachern had 28. Malone, the Penguins' fourth-round pick in the 1999 draft, is the son of Penguins scout Greg Malone.
New Jersey Devils: Assistant coach Bobby Carpenter said he will not coach with the team this season, citing personal reasons. Carpenter said several factors influenced his decision, including his father suffering a stroke in June and the need to undergo several operations.
"There are some things I have to get done that would affect the way I do my job," Carpenter said. "My father's got to go through some things, and I did a lot of thinking and I want to spend some time with him. I'd just like to be there for him when he has these operations, and it would be difficult with the schedule, playing every other night."
Carpenter said he couldn't predict if he would be able to return to the Devils this season but said he planned to return eventually.
Devils president Lou Lamoriello said the team would not replace Carpenter on the staff but would begin the season with head coach Larry Robinson and assistants John MacLean, Jacques Laperriere and goaltending coach Jacques Caron.
Carpenter, 42, had 320 goals and 408 assists in 18 NHL seasons with Washington, Los Angeles, Boston, the Rangers and the Devils and was the first American-born NHL player to score 50 goals in a season, with 53 in 1984-85. He has coached in the Devils organization since 1999.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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