Canucks' Morrison awarded two-year, $4.6 million dealPosted: Saturday August 03, 2002 5:14 PM
Updated: Sunday August 04, 2002 2:39 AM
TORONTO (AP) -- Brendan Morrison re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday after winning his arbitration case against the club.
Morrison will reportedly earn $2.15 million next year and $2.45 million the following season under the two-year contract.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound center made just $775,000 last season.
Morrison, New Jersey's third pick (39th overall) in the 1993 draft, had a breakthrough season last year, with 23 goals and 44 assists in 82 games. He played the better part of the year centering the Canucks' top line between Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi.
Mighty Ducks keep Cullen in the flock
The Ducks and Cullen were scheduled to go to salary arbitration on Sunday.
Cullen, 25, has played for the Ducks since the 1997-98 season, recording 58 goals and 121 assists in 377 games.
He scored 18 goals with 30 assists for Anaheim in 79 games of the 2001-02 season.
Flames' Gauthier wins arbitration case
The two-year deal is reportedly worth $2.4 million, with Gauthier making $1.1 million next season and $1.3 million the following year.
The Montreal native made $675,000 last season. In 66 games, the defenseman had five goals, eight assists and 91 penalty minutes.
"Denis is a valued member of our team," general manager Craig Button said. "Having him under contract for the next two years and showing the same progress that he demonstrated this past season will contribute to our team's success."
Gauthier was Calgary's first choice, 20th overall, in the 1995 draft.
Islanders sign D Smith; Asham takes qualifying offer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Islanders signed defenseman Brandon Smith on Saturday.
Smith, 29, had six goals and 35 points in 59 games with San Jose's AHL affiliate in Cleveland last season.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Smith has played for Islanders coach Peter Laviolette before,
with Providence of the AHL from 1998-2000. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Smith has three goals and seven points in 30 NHL games over three seasons with the Boston Bruins.
Also Saturday, the Islanders announced that forward Arron Asham accepted his one-year qualifying offer.
Asham was acquired from Montreal in a draft-day deal for Mariusz Czerkawski on June 22. He played 35 games for the Canadiens last season, finishing with four goals and eight points.
Pens sign '99 second-rounder
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Matt Murley, one of their top draft picks from three years ago, on Saturday.
Murley, a 22-year-old left wing who starred the last four years for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was the Penguins' second-round pick in 1999. He had 74 goals and 101 assists in 137 games.
Last season, he had 24 goals and 22 assists in 32 games. His 1.44 points per game average was the fifth highest in the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.