Veteran Woolley re-signs with Wings

Updated: October 8, 2005, 8:29 PM ET
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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.

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