The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced the re-signing of goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a one-year, $3 million contract.
Roloson, 41, joined the Lightning midway through last season and quickly became a stabilizing force between the pipes, posting an 18-12-4 record with a 2.56 goals-against average, a .912 save percentage with four shutouts for the Bolts.
He also proved his worth during the Lightning's surprise run to the Eastern Conference Final, and became the oldest goaltender in NHL history to backstop a team to the Conference Final.
His new contract is only a $500K raise above what he made last season, making him an affordable, short-term retention.
It remains to be seen if the Lightning will re-sign Mike Smith, who backed up Roloson during the second half and in the playoffs, or opt for a more affordable option.
The Columbus Blue Jackets today acquired the exclusive negotiating rights of defenseman James Wisniewski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2012.
Wisniewski, 27, was acquired by the Canadiens midway through last season from the NY Islanders, and quickly became a fan favorite in Montreal for his big shot and gritty play. In 75 games split between the Islanders and Canadiens, Wisniewski netted 10 goals and 51 points.
The Blue Jackets have been in the market for an experienced puck-moving defenseman for over a year, and if they can re-sign Wisniewski, who is eligible for UFA status on July 1st and earned $3.25 million last season, it could resolve that problem nicely for them.
The Colorado Avalanche re-signed one of their promising young forwards today, inking winger David Jones to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Jones, 26, was due to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. He had a breakthrough performance last season, scoring 27 goals and 45 points in 77 games. Those 27 goals tied him with Matt Duchene for the Avalanche goal-scoring lead.
Injuries had previously slowed Jones' development, as a season-ending knee injury in 2009-10 cut short what had been a promising start, with 16 points in 23 games, but last season he showed few after-effects from that injury. If he can remain healthy, a bright future is ahead of him.
The Anaheim Ducks today announced the retirement of veteran forward Todd Marchant after 18 NHL seasons, all but two of them spent with the Edmonton Oilers and the Ducks.
In 1195 regular season games, Marchant scored 186 goals and 498 points, while in 95 playoff games he scored 13 goals and 34 points.
He won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, but perhaps his biggest moment came during Game Seven of the Oilers-Dallas Stars Western Conference Quarterfinal, when Marchant scored the series winner in overtime.