Coyotes sign Lepisto, Montoya, Ebbett

Updated: July 2, 2010, 10:19 PM ET
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The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed defenseman Sami Lepisto and goaltender Al Montoya to one-year contracts Friday and also signed free-agent center Andrew Ebbett to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old Lepisto had one goal and 10 assists in 66 games last season, his first with the Coyotes.

The 25-year-old Montoya had a 3-1-0 record and 2.08 goals-against average in five games with Phoenix in 2008-09. He spent all of last season with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in San Antonio but injuries limited him to 14 games.

The 27-year-old Ebbett played last season for the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild and had a combined nine goals and six assists in 61 games.

-- The Associated Press

Pens sign Craig to two-way contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Craig to a two-way contract that will pay him $500,000 if he plays in the NHL next season.

The 28-year-old Craig had 23 goals and 25 assists in 73 games last season with Norfolk, Tampa Bay's top farm team. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Craig has 32 goals and 31 assists in 184 NHL games.

After signing defensemen Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek to a combined $45 million in contracts on the first day of NHL free agency Thursday, the Penguins are not expected to sign any higher-profile free-agent forwards.

They have not re-signed forward Bill Guerin, who made $2 million last season and does not want to take a large pay cut for the second successive offseason.

-- The Associated Press

Avs agree to deals with Winnik, Quincey

The Colorado Avalanche agreed to terms on two-year deals for both forward Daniel Winnik and defenseman Kyle Quincey.

Winnik's deal is worth $1.9 million, while Quincey's deal will pay $6.5 million.

Winnik was acquired in a trade with Phoenix on Monday. The 25-year-old had four goals and 15 assists for the Coyotes last season. Quincey, 24, was one of the Avalanche's most dependable defensemen last season, logging more than 23 minutes of ice time a game. He finished with six goals and 23 assists.

Colorado has made it a priority this summer to lock up some of its up-and-coming players. With Winnik and Quincey taken care of, the focus may shift to youngsters such as Chris Stewart, Brandon Yip and Peter Mueller.

The Avalanche made it to the playoffs in 2009-10 by relying heavily on their youth.

-- ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press

Rangers, Prust agree to two-year deal

The New York Rangers agreed to a two-year, $800,000 contract with forward Brandon Prust.

Prust, 26, split last season between the Rangers and Calgary Flames, registering five goals and nine assists. In 115 career NHL games with the Rangers, Flames and Phoenix Coyotes, he has six goals and 11 assists.

-- ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun

Flames sign Ivanans, Jackman

The Calgary Flames signed two forwards, Raitis Ivanans and Tim Jackman.

Ivanans spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, tallying no points in 61 games. In 54 games with the New York Islanders last season, Jackman had four goals and five assists.

Ivanans' deal will pay $600,00 in both 2010-11 and 2011-12, while Jackman's deal is worth $550,000 for each of the next two seasons.

-- ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun

Sabres, McCormick agree to terms

The Buffalo Sabres agreed to terms on a one-year deal with unrestricted free-agent forward Cody McCormick.

The rugged winger played in three playoff games for the Sabres this past postseason after accumulating a team-high 168 penalty minutes in 66 games with the AHL Portland Pirates.

McCormick has 30 points and 250 penalty minutes in 190 career NHL games.

-- The Associated Press