Thursday, August 03, 2006

Red Wings sign Hasek, Markov, Williams

The Detroit Red Wings, out of the Eddie Belfour sweepstakes, signed 41-year-old Dominik Hasek on Monday to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

"Dom seems very committed and very excited about an opportunity to come back to Detroit and try to help our team win a Stanley Cup," general manager Ken Holland said. "We really see Dom coming into training camp as our No. 1 goaltender. Bringing Dom back is a real positive for our team and is very exciting."

Back on the blue line, free agent defenseman Danny Markov also agreed to terms.

The 30-year-old spent last season with the Nashville Predators, a team as deep as any on the blue line. He had 11 assists and a plus-9 rating in 58 games last season.

Markov will join his sixth NHL team and fifth in as many years. In 472 NHL games with Toronto, Phoenix, Carolina, Philadelphia and the Predators, he has 25 goals and 106 assists for 131 points.

Up front, center Jason Williams re-signed with a two-year deal.

Terms were not divulged, but Williams earned $450,000 last season.

"We are pleased to reach a deal with Jason before going to arbitration," said Holland. "He took a big step forward as a NHL player last year and we look forward to even more progress in the future."


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