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Veteran Woolley re-signs with Wings

10/8/2005 - NHL

Detroit Red Wings: Jason Woolley has returned to the Red Wings.

The veteran defenseman agreed to a one-year contract on
Saturday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Red Wings began talks with Woolley after losing defenseman
Niklas Kronwall to a torn left ACL and partially torn MCL in a
Sept. 30 preseason game. Kronwall will be sidelined four to
six months.

The 36-year-old Woolley will enter his 15th NHL season and third
with the Red Wings. In two years with Detroit, Woolley played
in 117 games and recorded 10 goals and 32 assists.

"We're very happy to have Jason return to the Red Wings,"
Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "He's a veteran
defenseman who handles the puck very well and should excel with
the new rule changes in the NHL."

Pittsburgh Penguins: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jocelyn Thibault
injured his left knee while being struck by a puck during
Saturday's pre-game skate, forcing Andy Chiodo to be recalled from
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

Sebastien Caron started in goal for the second straight night
after also playing in a 3-2 loss Friday at Carolina decided in a
shootout.

The Penguins did not disclose any more information about
Thibault's injury, which occurred during the morning skate about
eight hours before the team's home opener against Boston.

Chiodo played in eight games with Pittsburgh in the 2003-04
season, going 3-4-1 with a 3.46 goals against average.

Thibault started the Penguins' 5-1 loss to New Jersey in their
season opener Wednesday, allowing all five goals.

Phoenix Coyotes-Columbus Blue Jackets: The Coyotes acquired forwards
Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman from the Blue Jackets on
Saturday for forwards Mike Rupp and Jason Chimera and defenseman
Cale Hulse.

The 33-year-old Sanderson has 316 goals and 296 assists in 930
career regular-season games with Hartford, Carolina, Vancouver,
Buffalo and Columbus. He split 2003-04 between the Canucks and Blue
Jackets, finishing with 16 goals and 20 assists.

"We are optimistic that Geoff will thrive under the new NHL
rules," Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said. "He is
renowned for his speed and has demonstrated throughout his career
that he can find the net."

The 23-year-old Jackman, assigned to the San Antonio Rampage of
the AHL, had a goal and two assists in 19 games with Columbus, all
in 2003-04. He had 14 goals and 21 assists in 73 games last season
for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.

Chimera, 26, missed the first two games of the season. He has 19
goals and 17 assists in his four-year career, all with Edmonton,

Hulse, 31, has 16 goals and 75 assists in 580 games with
Calgary, Nashville, New Jersey and Phoenix. Rupp, 25, has 11 goals
and nine assists in 83 NHL games with New Jersey and Phoenix.

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