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Ducks sign winger Perry to a five-year extension

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Ducks locked up one of their top young assets Tuesday in signing winger Corey Perry to a five-year contract extension worth nearly $26.6 million.

Perry, 23, had a team-leading 29 goals and totaled 54 points in his third NHL season. The forward’s deal averages just over $5.3 million a season and includes an $8-million signing bonus spread over the five years.

The contract was announced only 30 minutes into the first day of free agency.

Perry could have had restricted status, but he made it clear through his representatives that he wanted to get a deal done in Anaheim.

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“I really wanted to stay in Anaheim,” Perry said. “It’s home now. I didn’t want to leave. It’s a great place to play hockey. It just shows you how well that organization is run.”

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The Kings added some depth on defense in acquiring Denis Gauthier from the Philadelphia Flyers for prospects Patrik Hersley and Ned Lukacevic.

Gauthier, 31, played most of last season in the minor leagues but has been in 489 NHL games with the Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames.

The Kings also received a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.

-- Eric Stephens

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The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Brad Stuart to a four-year contract.

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The Red Wings obtained Stuart, 28, from the Kings at the trade deadline last season.

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Defenseman Brian Campbell, 29, left the San Jose Sharks for an eight-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago also signed goalie Cristobal Huet to a four-year deal. . . . The Carolina Hurricanes traded forward Erik Cole, 29, to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Joni Pitkanen, 24. . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired winger Raffi Torres, 26, from Edmonton for center Gilbert Brule, 21. . . . The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward Pascal Dupuis, 29, to a three-year contract. . . . The St. Louis Blues retained forward David Backes, 24, by matching the three-year, $7.5- million offer sheet he signed with Vancouver. . . . The Tampa Bay Lightning signed veteran goalie Olie Kolzig, 38, to a one-year contract. . . . The Florida Panthers signed forward Cory Stillman, 34, to a three-year, $10.6-million deal. He played with Ottawa and Carolina last season. . . . Free-agent goalie Patrick Lalime, 33, signed a two-year, $2-million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. He last played in Chicago. . . . The Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky, 31, from the Nashville Predators for forward Ryan Jones, 24.

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Judge declares mistrial for ex-Bengal Henry

A judge declared a mistrial in the assault case of former Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry in Cincinnati.

An eight-person jury told the judge they were unable to agree on a verdict. Hamilton County Municipal Judge Richard Bernat then dismissed the jury and set a hearing for July 8.

Gregory Meyer, 18, accused Henry of punching him in the face in March. Henry, 25, said he was acting in self-defense.

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The New England Patriots released defensive back Willie Andrews, 24, one day after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend’s head. It was his second arrest this year, with the other being on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius had his second knee surgery since January, a procedure that could prevent him from reporting to training camp on time.

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OLYMPICS

Hamm could resume gymnastics this week

Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm could begin moderate gymnastics as early as Friday, about two weeks before he has to show he will be physically able to compete at the Beijing Games. Hamm broke a bone in his hand May 22.

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Light flyweight Luis Yanez was kicked off the U.S. boxing team for skipping three weeks of residency training without getting permission or even telling USA Boxing where he was, Coach Dan Campbell said.

TELEVISION

Reynolds lands spot on TBS’ All-Star show

Baseball commentator Harold Reynolds’ broadcasting comeback got another boost with an announcement from Turner Sports that he will be a part of TBS’ All-Star selection show Sunday.

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Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports’ executive producer, said the network is also interested in using Reynolds on its postseason coverage.

Reynolds was fired by ESPN in 2006 after a female intern complained about what he called a “brief and innocuous” hug. Reynolds filed a lawsuit and an undisclosed settlement was reached in April.

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The NBA Finals provided ABC with the top six rated network television shows during June, according to Nielsen Media Research and the league.

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Game 5 of the series between the Lakers and Boston Celtics was the highest-rated with a 10.7 rating and 17.4 million viewers. Game 1 was the lowest with an 8.7 rating and 13.4 million viewers.

-- Larry Stewart


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