Montreal signs Yanick Lehoux The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing of centreman Yanick Lehoux to a one-year contract. A native of Montreal, Lehoux split the 2006-07 season between the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and Khimik/Mytischi of the Russian Superleague. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward was selected 86th overall in the 2000 NHL entry draft by the Los Angeles Kings. ~~~~~ Predators sign Rich Peverly and Pekka Rinne Nashville, Tenn. (July 25, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Rich Peverley and has signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a one-year contract extension that begins in 2009-10. Source ~~~~~ Colorado re-signs Marek Svatos to 2 year deal The Colorado Avalanche announced the signing of forward Marek Svatos to a two-year contract, thereby avoiding arbitration. "Marek Svatos has been a key ingredient to our success the last few years," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere in a statement. "He's scored many big goals for this club and we expect him to be a strong force for us again this season." Svatos, 26, finished the 2007-08 season on the team in goals, with 26, despite missing the last 16 games of the season with a torn ACL. His six game-winning goals tied him with teammate Wojtek Wolski for the club lead. A seventh-round selection by the Avalanche (227th overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft, Svatos finished his rookie season in 2005-06 ranked third in goals among first-year players (32) behind Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. ~~~~~ Blue Jackets Sign Mike York to One-Year Contract COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Mike York to a one-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. York, 30, tallied six goals and eight assists for 14 points with four penalty minutes in 63 games last season with Phoenix. In eight NHL seasons, he has collected 127-195-322 and 135 penalty minutes in 578 career games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton, New York Islanders, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The Rangers’ seventh pick, 136th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, York registered 26-24-50 and 18 penalty minutes, while being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1999-2000. Two years later, he combined to score a career-high 20-41-61 with 16 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Rangers and Oilers, as well as being selected to play for North America in the 2002 All-Star Game. He spent the next two seasons with Edmonton and totaled 40-57-97, 25 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +9 in 144 games. York was then traded along with Edmonton’s fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft to the Islanders in exchange for Michael Peca on August 3, 2005. He notched 13-39-52 and 30 penalty minutes to lead the Islanders in assists during the 2005-06 season. He began the 2006-07 campaign with the Islanders and had 6-7-13 and 14 penalty minutes in 32 games prior to being traded to Philadelphia. In 34 games with the Flyers, he notched 4-4-8 and eight penalty minutes. He played his 500th career game against Boston on February 19. The Waterford, Michigan native played four seasons at Michigan State and tallied 79-122-201 and 141 penalty minutes in 158 career games. He had 22-32-54 and 41 penalty minutes in 42 games in 1998-99 en route to being named the CCHA Player of the Year. He also earned NCAA West First All-American Team honors in 1998 and 1999, CCHA First All-Star Team honors in 1999 and CCHA Second All-Star Team honors in 1998. York has represented his country on numerous occasions, helping Team USA win the silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He also played in the 2005 World Championships and in three World Junior Championships. He won a silver medal and led the tournament in scoring with 5-5-10 in six games at the 1997 World Junior Championships. ~~~~~ Islanders re-sign Bruno Gervais LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - The New York Islanders have added to their defence corp by signing defenceman Bruno Gervais to a three-year, US$2.2225-million contract on Friday. The deal keeps Gervais under contract through the 2010-11 season and means the Islanders have now locked up all of their potential restricted free agents for the upcoming season. Gervais recorded 13 assists while averaging 20:00 minutes of ice time last season. The 23-year-old Acadie, Que., native Gervais has played in 138 career NHL games over the course of three seasons with the Islanders and has scored three goals with 23 assists for 26 points. "Bruno is a homegrown talent and has been developing in our system for a few years," said Islanders GM Garth Snow in a statement. "He's a high character player and person and is someone who is great in the Long Island community. We're very excited to have him on board for the next three years." Gervais was originally drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. ~~~~~ Red Wings Sign Darren Haydar From one championship team to another. Still reveling in last month's Calder Cup title win with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves (affiliate of Atlanta Thrashers), Darren Haydar has signed with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Expected to be made public today, the one-year, two-way deal will see the 28-year-old Milton right winger make $525,000 if he sticks with the big club. "I'm excited. Who wouldn't want to be part of a Stanley Cup champion organization? That's my mindset right now," Haydar told the Champion Monday afternoon, having just inked the contract and FedEx-ed it back to his new club following a weekend fishing trip with his girlfriend's family in northern Wisconsin. "They're a first class team that plays its skilled players, so hopefully this will give me more of an opportunity (to play in NHL)." Not in the future plans of Atlanta -- where last fall he saw his first and only real stint in the show, a 10-week tenure during which he had a goal and seven assists in 16 games -- the AHL veteran seriously considered what he described as attractive offers from teams in Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. But in the end the desire to continue his quest for permanent residency in the NHL remains just too strong. "I don't know if this season is my last chance, but I should know after this year if it's (prolonged stay in NHL) going to come about or not. I'm not getting any younger." The 2006/07 AHL MVP (with a league-leading 41 goals and 81 assists) now finds himself on an organization loaded with depth, but one that also has stable management and plays a skills game -- two things that could work in his favour. Serving as captain this past season, Haydar helped lead the Wolves to the Calder Cup -- his second in four years -- with 12 goals and 15 assists. During this latest run he became the AHL's all-time leader in both post-season goals and total points, breaking the old marks of 51 and 119 respectively. Haydar's signing with Detroit comes on the heels of fellow Wolves' sniper Jason Krog -- also his teammate at the University of New Hampshire -- hooking up with Vancouver. While the five-foot-nine-inch, 170-pound forward bids farewell to one UNH cohort, he'll reunite with another -- as former roommate Ty Conklin recently signed with the Red Wings. "This will be my first season in the Northern Conference (with Grand Rapids), where most of the teams are fairly close to home." ~~~~~ Devils sign Fedor Fedorov NEWARK, N.J. - Russian centre Fedor Fedorov was signed by the New Jersey Devils on Monday after he spent the last two seasons playing in Europe. Fedorov, 27, had 12 goals and 14 assists in 49 games last season with Dynamo in Russia. His previous stint in the NHL came during the 2005-06 season when he played three games with the New York Rangers. Fedorov also played in 15 games with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He spent three seasons in the Canucks' organization, playing in 116 contests for Manitoba of the AHL. Internationally, Fedorov - the younger brother of Washington Capitals star Sergei Fedorov - represented Russia at the 2005 World Championships. ~~~~~ more to come.