- - Monday, July 2, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Brodeur is going to remain the face of the New Jersey Devils.

The 40-year-old goaltender who has led the team to three Stanley Cups and two Cup finals, signed a two-year, $9 million contract Monday to stay with the only NHL club he’s ever known.

Hours after word of Brodeur’s deal leaked, the Devils also announced that backup goaltender Johan Hedberg, 39, also signed a two-year deal worth $1.4 million per season. Both deals feature no-trade clauses.

Brodeur posted a 31-21-4 record in the regular season with three shutouts and a .908 save percentage in helping the Devils make the playoffs after missing out the previous year for the first time since 1996. Brodeur is 656-371-105 with the Devils, winning Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Hedberg, a 1994 draft choice of Philadelphia, is 155-133-33 with 21 shutouts and a 2.83 goals-against average in 354 games over 10 NHL seasons. He played in 27 games last season, going 17-7-2 with four shutouts and a 2.23 goals-against.


• The Buffalo Sabres acquired forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy from the Dallas Stars for center Derek Roy Following season-ending surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon in 2010-2011, Roy had 17 goals and 27 assists in 80 games last season. He scored at least 25 goals from 2007-2010 before he was hurt. Roy has 161 goals and 266 assists in eight NHL seasons, all with Buffalo. Ott had 11 goals and 28 assists in 74 games with the Stars last season. The 25th overall pick in 2000, Ott has 85 goals and 135 assists in 566 career games

• The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Jason Garrison to a six-year contract on the first day of NHL free agency Sunday. Garrison, 27, had 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 77 games with Florida last season. He added a goal and two assists in the playoffs.

PRO FOOTBALL

Broncos sign Prater to four-year contract

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos signed kicker Matt Prater to a new four-year deal, locking up one of the most powerful legs in NFL history.

Prater was a clutch performer for the Broncos down the stretch last season with four game-winning field goals, including straight weeks in which he kicked the winner on the game’s final play, helping put the Broncos in the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

Entering his sixth season, Prater ranks second in team history with an 80.4 percent field goal conversion rate, just behind Jason Elam’s mark of 80.6 percent.

He owns the best field goal percentage (75) from 50 or more yards (12 of 16) and has converted 28 of 29 field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime.

From wire dispatches and staff reports