July 10, 2012
NHL notes: Blues deal Crombeen to Lightning
By QMI Agency
The St. Louis Blues traded forward B.J. Crombeen and a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for fourth-round picks in the 2013 and 2014 drafts Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Crombeen scored one goal and had two assists in 40 games with the Blues last season.
In five seasons with Dallas and St. Louis, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound winger has 27 goals and 29 assists in 288 games.
"I would like to thank B.J. and his wife, Janet, for their time here in St. Louis," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "B.J. gave us everything he had on the ice and, along with his wife, was very active in our community."
The Blues also re-signed free-agent forward Jamie Langenbrunner to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. Langenbrunner had six goals and 18 assists in 70 games with the Blues last season.
"We are excited that Jamie has agreed to stay in St. Louis," Armstrong said.
"His professionalism and leadership both on and off the ice are invaluable assets for our club."
MORROW BEING MOVED?
The Dallas Stars have reportedly put captain Brenden Morrow on the trade market.
And, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues have interest in acquiring him even though he's coming off the worst season of his career.
Morrow, 33, had just 11 goals and 15 assists in 57 games and suffered through neck and back problems for much of the year. The season before, he had a career-high 33 goals.
Just one year away from free agency, Morrow is a prime candidate to be moved by the re-tooling Stars, who have added Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy over the last few weeks. Morrow is going into the final year of a six-year, $24.6 million contract.
BOLTS INK PURCELL
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Teddy Purcell to a three-year contract extension Tuesday.
The deal is worth $13.5 million, which breaks down to a cap hit of $4.5 million, according to RDS.
In 81 games with the Lightning last season, Purcell set career highs in goals (24), assists (41) and plus-minus rating (plus-nine). His new deal is set to run through 2015-16.
The 26-year-old has registered 52 goals and 98 assists in 272 career NHL games with the Lightning and Kings.
Purcell was undrafted and signed as a free agent with Los Angeles in April 2007. The Lightning acquired him in a trade with the Kings on March 3, 2010 in exchange for center Jeff Halpern and a third-round pick.
BURKE BUMPED UP
The Phoenix Coyotes gave a front-office title to goalie coach Sean Burke Tuesday, making him assistant to the general manager, in re-signing him to a three-year contract extension.
"We are very pleased to sign Sean to a contract extension," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "For the past three years, Sean has done a tremendous job working with all the goaltenders in our organization helping them improve and succeed on the ice. We look forward to him continuing in this role and also assisting our hockey operations department in all areas of the business."
Burke was the Coyotes director of player development/goalie coach last year and before that was the teamıs director of prospect development.
GAUTHIER TO 'HAWKS
Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier was hired Tuesday as the Chicago Blackhawks director of player personnel.
Gauthier takes over the job from Norm Maciver, who was promoted to assistant general manager earlier this summer. The assistan GM gig was open because Marc Bergevin left the Blackhawks to, you guessed it, become the Canadiens' new GM.
The hiring of Gauthier, who has also managed the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks, was announced after he spent the first two days of the teamıs prospect camp on the ice with coach Joel Quenneville.
The Canadiens fired Gauthier late in the 2011-12 regular season.
The New York Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year, $700,000 deal with free agent centre Jeff Halpern, who had four goals and 12 assists in 69 games for Washington last season. Halpern won nearly 59% of his faceoffs last season ... Defenceman Tyler Eckford signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. Eckford had 10 goals and 15 assists in 75 games with Portland of the AHL last season ... The San Jose Sharks hired ex-Washington Capitals coach Jim Johnson as an assistant to Todd McLellan. Johnson, 49, has also been an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning and interim head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.