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Posted: Sunday July 1, 2012 3:54PM ; Updated: Sunday July 1, 2012 6:14PM

Roundup: Blue Jackets add goalie McElhinney

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have a big need for quality goaltending. They took another step on Sunday to giving themselves options in net.

The club reached agreement with goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract on the first day of free agent signings.

The deal will pay the veteran $750,000 if he plays at the NHL level and $105,000 if he is in the minors, the Blue Jackets announced. He was originally acquired by Columbus from Phoenix, along with two draft picks (second round in 2012 and fifth round in 2013), in exchange for Antoine Vermette on Feb. 22, but he did appear in any games after that due to injury.

The 29-year-old, who has played in 69 career games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes, offers a third option in goal.

The Blue Jackets have struggled with goaltending since making their lone playoff appearance in 2009. Steve Mason, the Calder Trophy winner that year who has floundered since, is still under contract. The club recently traded with Philadelphia to obtain 23-year-old Sergei Bobrovsky. Also under contract is Allen York, a former sixth-round pick who is just 23 and played well in spot duty last season.

McElhinney spent most of last year with Portland of the AHL, playing two games with the Coyotes.

At the very least, the addition of McElhinney and Bobrovsky, along with Mason and York, will help fill a void of netminders throughout the organization.

The club has reportedly been weighing offers for captain Rick Nash, but general manager Scott Howson has declined to disclose any information about the negotiations. Nash revealed midway through last season that he had asked the Blue Jackets to be traded.

LA Kings re-sign F Dustin Penner to 1-year deal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Forward Dustin Penner has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract to remain with the Los Angeles Kings.

Penner's deal was announced Sunday with the Stanley Cup champion Kings, who have retained every significant player from last season's run to their first NHL championship.

Penner is a two-time Stanley Cup champion who has been with the Kings since midway through the 2010-11 season. He struggled during the regular season last winter, managing just seven goals and 10 assists in 65 games, but emerged as a big contributor in the postseason on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

Penner scored the series-winning overtime goal in the Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, sending Los Angeles to just the second Stanley Cup finals in franchise history.

Avalanche sign F Parenteau to 4-year deal

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DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward P.A. Parenteau to a four-year deal.

The 29-year-old recorded a career-high 67 points in 80 games with the New York Islanders last season.

Parenteau began his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006. He played for the New York Rangers during the 2009-10 season before signing as a free agent with the Islanders in July 2010.

Avs general manager Greg Sherman says Parenteau "is a skilled winger who will instantly improve our offense."

Sharks sign F Adam Burish to 4-year contract

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Adam Burish to a four-year contract.

The Sharks announced the deal Sunday at the start of the free agency period.

Burish had six goals, 13 assists, 76 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating last season with Dallas. He played his first four seasons in Chicago before spending the last two with the Stars. Burish has 25 goals and 29 assists in 297 career games.

Burish is a former linemate of Sharks forward Joe Pavelski in college at the University of Wisconsin.

Oilers sign veteran Smyth to 2-year, $4.5M contract

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ryan Smyth will have a chance to finish his career with the Edmonton Oilers.

The veteran forward signed a $4.5-million, two-year contract with the Oilers just before free agency opened Sunday.

Smyth played all 82 games for Edmonton last season, scoring 19 goals and 46 points.

The 36-year-old was the sixth overall pick by the Oilers in 1994 and has spent 12 of his 16 NHL seasons with the team.

In 1,151 career games, Smyth has 374 goals and 806 points.

Islanders reach deals with Boyes, Carkner

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Islanders got off to a busy start on the first day of NHL free agency by reaching deals with forward Brad Boyes and defenseman Matt Carkner.

Boyes agreed to a one-year deal after spending the past two seasons in Buffalo. Carkner agreed to a three-year contract after three-plus seasons in Ottawa.

Boyes is a two-time 30-goal scorer, but his production has tailed off. He managed just 13 goals and 37 points in 86 games after the Sabres acquired him in a trade with St. Louis in February 2011.

Carkner is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman. After having surgery to repair a right knee injury, he finished with a goal and two assists in 29 games with Ottawa last season.

Rangers sign Asham, re-sign Bickel

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Rangers have added grit and experience to their lineup by reaching a deal with forward Arron Asham on the first day of NHL free agency.

A 13-season NHL veteran, Asham spent the past two years with Pittsburgh. He had five goals and 11 assists in 64 games last season. Overall, he has 92 goals and 206 points in 756 career games split between five teams.

Asham broke into the NHL in 1998 with Montreal, and has also played for the Islanders, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Earlier on Sunday, the Rangers agreed to re-sign defenseman Stu Bickel, who had nine assists in 51 games in his first NHL season last year. New York had acquired Bickel in a trade with Anaheim in November 2010.

Red Wings agree to deal with Gustavsson

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on the first day of NHL free agency Sunday.

Gustavsson played for Toronto last season and won a team-high 17 games with a team-low 2.92 goals-against average. He was 39-45 with a 2.98 GAA over three seasons with the Maple Leafs.

The 27-year-old Swede will be Jimmy Howard's backup in Detroit. Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald split time as No. 2 goalies for the Red Wings last season.

Detroit also signed 26-year-old forward Damien Brunner of Switzerland to a one-year, two-way contract that allows the franchise to send him to the AHL's Grand Griffins if he doesn't earn a spot on the Red Wings' roster.

Armstrong signs 1-year contract with Canadiens

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MONTREAL (AP) -- Colby Armstrong is joining the Montreal Canadiens after the Toronto Maple Leafs bought out the final year of his contract.

The veteran forward signed a $1 million, one-year deal with the Habs on Sunday.

Armstrong's two seasons in Toronto were hampered by injuries. The 29-year-old appeared in just 29 games last season, scoring one goal and three points.

Armstrong has a past history with Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

He'll earn a total of $2 million next season - half paid by Montreal, half paid by Toronto.

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