The Edmonton Oilers signed a draft pick, landed a tough guy and added two more players to their minor league affiliate yesterday.
Colin McDonald, a six-foot-three, 205 pound right winger selected 51st overall in 2003 agreed to a two-year entry level contract. He finished his four-year stint at Providence College, where he led the Friars with 13 goals last year.
In landing Ryan Flinn, a six-foot-five, 248-pounder from Halifax, the Oilers have a legitimate heavyweight in their system for the first time since Georges Laraque left town.
Flinn had six points and 166 penalty minutes last year with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. In 31 career games with the LA Kings, he has one goal and 84 penalty minutes.
He's the player who suffered the severe concussion, causing him to miss the rest of the 2005-06 season after he smacked his head on the ice in a fight with Chicago's Jim Vandermeer in November 2005. He was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher, leaving a big pool of blood behind on the ice. He returned last season and seemed none the worse for wear, or particularly shy about mixing it up.
Edmonton also signed free agent defencemen T.J. Kemp and T.J. Reynolds.
Reynolds, six-foot-two, 225, had one assist and 93 PIMs with the Milwaukee Admirals last season. Kemp is coming off his best pro season after registering career highs in assists (33) and points (38) with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.
Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators feel they've acquired the kind of foot soldier they were missing in their failed bid to win the Stanley Cup.
The Sens acquired veteran winger Shean Donovan from the Boston Bruins yesterday in exchange for winger Peter Schaefer.
In Carolina, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford brought back Matt Cullen, getting him from the New York Rangers for defenceman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft.
- The Washington Capitals re-signed defenceman Steve Eminger, 23, and centre Brian Sutherby, 25, both restricted free agents. The Caps also signed minor-league centre Jason Morgan, 30.
- The Montreal Canadiens re-signed defenceman Josh Gorges, 22, as well as five members of their AHL championship team.