Two thirds of Niemi's salary ($3 million) will
be spread out over the next two seasons and the team will incur
an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million.
The 33-year-old Finnish player was 12-12-4 record with a .892
save percentage and a 3.30 goals against average in 37 games (30
starts) last season for the Stars, who missed the playoffs after
Nine-year NHL veteran Niemi spent two seasons in Dallas, posting
a 37-25-11 mark with a .900 save percentage and a 2.92 GAA.
The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a two-year
Gryba, 29, appeared in 40 games last season -- his second with
Edmonton and fifth in the NHL -- and had two goals and six
Gryba was a physical presence for the Oilers, ranking second
among the team's blueliners with 145 hits while blocking 47
Patrick Brown and Jake Chelios have agreed to one-year, two-way
contracts with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced.
Brown, a 25-year-old center, will be paid $650,000 at the NHL
level or $160,000 at the AHL level next season and is guaranteed
at least $190,000.
Chelios, a 26-year-old defenseman, would also make $650,000 at
the NHL level or $85,000 in the AHL.
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