The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have signed unrestricted free agent Vaclav Prospal to a five-year, $16.5-million US contract. Prospal, 28, led Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring last year with a career-high 79 points (22-57). He tied for fourth in the NHL in assists and was 15th in points.
Part of the $16.5 million is a $4-million signing bonus and there are also other performance bonuses in the deal.
Goal pads length limited
The NHL announced yesterday it is instituting a 38-inch (96-centimetre) limit on the length of goalie pads.
The league said it estimated about one-third of NHL goalies wore pads exceeding 38 inches.
Previously, the only restriction on goalie pads was that width not exceed 12 inches (30 cm) and that remains in effect. Clubs will be fined $25,000 US for having a goalie violate the new rule.
Kings re-sign Deadmarsh
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings re-signed restricted free agent forward Adam Deadmarsh to a one-year deal yesterday.
Deadmarsh, 28, played in 20 games last season with the Kings and had 13 goals and four assists. He suffered a concussion in Phoenix Dec. 15 and missed the final 52 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome.
Deadmarsh, who made $3 million US last year, recorded a career-high 62 points (29 goals and 33 assists) in the 2001-02 season.
Oilers to honour Fuhr
EDMONTON -- Grant Fuhr, who backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cups during the '80s, will have his No. 31 retired by the club this fall. Fuhr will be the fourth Oiler to have his number retired, joining Wayne Gretzky, Al Hamilton and Jari Kurri. The ceremony will be prior to the Oilers' season opener Oct. 9.
Czerkawski back with Isles
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mariusz Czerkawski has signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, returning to Long Island after being dumped by the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs spent $1.8 million US to buy out Czerkawski's $2.7-million contract for next season. The Isles will pay the forward $900,000 next season.