Avs' Leschyshyn retires after 16 seasons

Updated: October 3, 2005, 9:56 PM ET
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Colorado Avalanche: Curtis Leschyshyn retired Monday, ending a 16-year NHL career in which he was a key part of the Avalanche's championship team in 1996.

The 36-year-old defenseman returned to Colorado this offseason and was competing for a roster spot. But with the Avalanche set to start the season Wednesday, Leschyshyn decided to retire.

Leschyshyn was drafted by Quebec in 1988 before the Nordiques moved to Colorado. Shortly into the 1996-97 season, he left and played for Washington, Hartford, Carolina, Minnesota and Ottawa.

He appeared in 1,101 games, including 77 in the regular season and 17 in the playoffs during the Avalanche's Stanley Cup season.

Also Monday, the Avsreassigned goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik to Lowell, Mass., of the AHL Monday and released center Jason Krog.

Colorado also placed center Brett McLean on waivers, reducing its roster to 24.

The Avalanche open the regular season Wednesday at Edmonton.

Carolina Hurricanes-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: The Mighty Ducks acquired defenseman Bruno St. Jacques from the Hurricanes in exchange for right wing Craig Adams.

St. Jacques played 68 games for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League last season, with two goals, 12 assists and 60 penalty minutes. St. Jacques, who has played 66 NHL games with Carolina and Philadelphia, will report to Portland of the AHL.

Adams, who was drafted by Carolina in 1996, played last year in the Italian league. In 238 games with Carolina, he has had 14 goals, 23 assists and 198 penalty minutes. He will report to the Lowell Lock Monsters.

Dallas Stars: Stars center Yared Hagos, right wing Junior Lessard and left wing Vojtech Polak were assigned to the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League, while the team placed left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist on injured reserve.

Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said Tjarnqvist was day-to-day because of an ankle injury.

Dallas opens the regular season Wednesday night at home against the Los Angeles Kings.

Nashville Predators: The Predators signed center Yanic Perreault, who recorded two goals and an assist in four preseason games with the club after signing a tryout agreement.

Terms were not disclosed, but Perreault made $2.8 million with the Montreal Canadiens in 2003-04.

The 34-year-old Perreault recorded 16 goals and 15 assists in 2003-04, his third season with Montreal. He notched career highs of 29 assists and 56 points in his first season with the Canadiens in 2001-02.

Perreault has led the league in face-off winning percentage each of the last five NHL seasons, during which time he has averaged 46 points per season. He scored at least 24 goals three straight seasons beginning in 2000-01 and has tallied at least five power-play goals every season since 1998-99.

In 671 career games with Toronto, which chose him in the third round in the 1991 draft, Los Angeles and Montreal, Perreault has registered 195 goals and 212 assists. He established a career high with 28 goals with the Kings in 1997-98.

Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets agreed with center Gilbert Brule, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft, on a three-year contract.

Brule collected 39 goals and 48 assists in 70 games for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2005. The 5-10, 175-pounder also collected 169 penalty minutes.

He led the Blue Jackets with two goals and three assists in six preseason games to earn a spot on the team's season-opening 23-man roster.

"It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NHL and I am so happy this day has come and I'm a Blue Jacket," Brule said. "I'm going to work hard and hopefully I will play here all year and do whatever I can to help this team continue to improve and win games."

"Gilbert is a talented young player who worked really hard and played extremely well for us during the preseason and I'm very happy for him and for our organization that we're able to get this deal done," Columbus general manager Doug MacLean said. "He earned a spot on our roster and will be a tremendous compliment to the young talent in our organization."

Columbus begins the season Wednesday at Washington.

Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes assigned rookie defenseman Matt Jones to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio on Monday and waived defenseman Brad Ference and defenseman/left wing Chris McAllister.

The Coyotes now have 27 players on their roster heading into Wednesday night's season-opener at Vancouver.

Phoenix must make at least two more roster moves by Tuesday morning and likely will put either forward Ladislav Nagy (shoulder), goaltender Brian Boucher (groin pull) or forward Jason Chimera (ribs) on the injured-reserve list to start the season.

Coyotes officials said Ference and McAllister would be assigned to San Antonio if they clear waivers.

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