Yzerman Re-Signs With Red Wings
Steve Yzerman signed a one-year deal Tuesday that ensures his 22nd season with the Detroit Red Wings.
The 40-year-old forward’s future had been in doubt since he underwent surgery for a scratched cornea and multiple fractures below his left eye after a 2004 playoff game. He had a year off because of the lockout and then became an unrestricted free agent.
He has led the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup titles and has been their captain since 1986.
Philadelphia signed defensemen Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Chris Therien to free-agent contracts.
Hatcher, who helped Dallas win the 1999 Stanley Cup title under current Flyer Coach Ken Hitchcock, signed a four-year deal worth $14 million. Rathje left San Jose for a five-year, $17.5-million contract, and Therien rejoined the Flyers for one season at $500,000.
To make room and clear space under the new $39-million salary cap, Philadelphia traded defenseman Danny Markov to Nashville for a third-round pick in next year’s draft.
Free-agent forwards Glen Murray and Shawn McEachern, two former Kings, agreed to terms with Boston. Murray, already in his second stint with the Bruins, agreed to a four-year deal; McEachern, who spent the past two seasons with Atlanta, received a two-year contract.
Center Bobby Holik, who was bought out by the New York Rangers, signed a three-year, $12.75-million contract with Atlanta.
Holik, 34, has been an All-Star twice and scored at least 20 goals nine times in his 14-year career.
Adam Foote, 34, a defensive cornerstone of two championship teams in Colorado, signed a three-year contract worth $13.8 million with Columbus.
The New York Islanders signed defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to a four-year deal. Zhitnik, a former King, was named to two All-Star teams during his nine-plus seasons with Buffalo.
Chicago signed defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a four-year, $16-million contract. Aucoin was an All-Star for the New York Islanders in 2004.
Cerritos College assistant football coach Patrick Callahan was released from jail on his own recognizance, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. Callahan, 57, was arrested Monday at his home in Artesia on felony charges of obtaining more than $150,000 in federal grants for 13 players who were ineligible for financial aid. Callahan, a defensive coordinator, will be arraigned Aug. 30.
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis lost, 7-5, 6-4, to Luis Horna in the first round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at Washington.
Top-seeded Andy Roddick defeated Giovanni Lapentti, 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match.
Top-seeded Mariano Puerta was defeated by Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, 6-4, 7-6 (1), in the first round of the Idea Prokom Open at Sopot, Poland. Gustavo Kuerten’s struggles continued when the three-time French Open champion had to retire with neck pain, with third-seeded Guillermo Coria ahead, 6-3, 4-0. Kuerten hasn’t won a first-round match since May at the Hamburg Masters.
An autopsy performed on a 17-year-old high school basketball player who died at a tournament last week at Loyola Marymount has yet to reveal any conclusive findings, a Los Angeles County coroner’s office spokesman said.
Miguel Respress collapsed and went into cardiac arrest Thursday outside Gersten Pavilion after playing in a game with a Buffalo-based Amateur Athletic Union team. Respress, whose half-brother is NBA player Damone Brown, died later at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital.
Ferrari announced it was replacing Rubens Barrichello with another Brazilian, Felipe Massa, as its second driver for next season’s Formula One championship. He will be the team’s No. 2 driver behind Michael Schumacher.
George Maguire, general manager of the Kings from 1977 to ’84, died Tuesday in Ottawa. He was 83.
Maguire suffered a stroke 10 days ago in Ottawa, but the cause of death has yet to be determined, according to Roy Mlakar, president of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and a longtime friend of Maguire’s.
Maguire was responsible for bringing together Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer, the Kings’ Triple Crown line. They combined for 352 points in the 1980-81 season.