- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 13, 2005

From combined dispatches

After sitting out the NHL’s frenzy of big names and big contracts, the Washington Capitals kept up their recent run of minor moves yesterday by re-signing two players, adding two free agents and trading for a defenseman.

Left winger Matt Pettinger and minor league forward Louis Robitaille stayed with the club, defenseman Jamie Heward and left winger Boyd Kane signed free agent deals and Bryan Muir was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations.

Pettinger, drafted by Washington in the second round in 2000, had seven goals and five assists in 71 games with the Caps in the 2003-04 season. In four NHL seasons, he has 14 goals, eight assists and 83 penalty minutes in 143 games.

Robitaille, 23, was converted from a defenseman last season with Portland of the American Hockey League.

Heward has played in 239 games over six seasons with four clubs, with totals of 25 goals, 45 assists and 116 penalty minutes. He played in Switzerland the past three seasons. In his most recent NHL action, Heward had one goal and two assists in 28 games with Columbus in 2001-02.

Kane captained the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms to the AHL championship. He had nine goals, 15 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Phantoms in 2004-05. He has appeared in seven NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Muir, 32, had one assist in two games with the Kings in the 2003-04 season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Muir has five goals, 15 assists and 167 penalty minutes in 181 career games over nine NHL seasons.

FLAMES: Calgary re-signed goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and defenseman Rhett Warrener to multiyear deals, locking up two key pieces from their surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.

Kiprusoff, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Turku, Finland, played in 38 regular-season games with the Flames in 2003-04 after he was acquired from San Jose on Nov.16, 2003, for a second-round pick in the 2005 draft.

SENATORS: Center Jason Spezza was among five players to sign contracts with Ottawa.

Spezza, the AHL MVP last season, center Antoine Vermette, right-winger Chris Neil and defenseman Christoph Schubert each signed a one-year deal. Defenseman Anton Volchenkov signed a two-year contract.

Spezza, who spent last season with Binghamton because of the lockout, led the AHL in scoring with 117 points (32 goals, 85 assists).

CANADIENS: Montreal forward Jan Bulis accepted a one-year, $1.06million qualifying offer.

Bulis spent last season with his hometown club Pardubice in the Czech Republic, ranking third in the league in scoring with 24 goals and 25 assists in 45 games.

HURRICANES: Carolina reached contract terms with forwards Erik Cole and Jesse Boulerice. Cole will get $1.14 million for next season; Boulerice receives $501,600.

Cole, 26, had 18 goals and 42 points in the 2003-04 season. He was second on the team in goals and third in points.

IIHF: The Czech and Russian ice hockey federations again refused to sign a proposed player transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation, jeopardizing the league’s participation in next year’s Winter Olympics.

The two countries were given a 6 a.m. Monday deadline to join the accord between the NHL and the sport’s world governing body.

If they fail to sign, “then we could possibly face a situation with no agreement, where transfers between Europe and the NHL are not regulated,” IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg told the Associated Press.

The NHL could allow its players to appear in the Olympics even if the Czechs and Russians refuse to sign. But it could use participation at the Olympics as a bargaining chip to get the two reluctant federations to fall in line.

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