Monday, July 02, 2007

Red Wings lose Lang, Bertuzzi, Calder

All courtesy TSN

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed centre Robert Lang to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 36-year-old appeared in 81 games for the Detroit Red Wings in 2006-07, collecting 19 goals, 52 points and 66 penalty minutes in his second full season in Motown.

''Robert gives us another offensive weapon at the center position,'' said general manager Dale Tallon. ''He is a right hand shot who will be able to help us on our power play. He has played with Martin Havlat in international competition and they have a very good chemistry together. He definitely gives us more strength up the middle.''

The Czech Republic native was selected by Los Angeles in the 1990 entry draft and played for four seasons with the Kings.

He then played five seasons in Pittsburgh, scoring a career-high 32 goals and 80 points in 2000-01.

In 2002, the Washington Capitals signed Lang to a five-year deal worth $25 million. He played in Washington for almost two seasons before being traded to the Red Wings in February of 2004.

Lang has played in 799 regular season games over his 13-year career, posting 213 goals, 581 points and 308 penalty minutes.


Todd Bertuzzi is re-uniting with Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke, signing a two-year, $8-million deal with the Ducks.

Bertuzzi, 32, played in only 15 regular season games with the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings last season because of a herniated disk in his back.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound winger tallied 11 points in the regular season before adding four points in eight playoff games.

Bertuzzi scored a career-high 97 points with the Vancouver Canucks in 2002-2003, where Burke was the general manager, but has been unable to match that production since.


Looking to add some much-needed scoring punch, the Los Angeles Kings today signed forwards Ladislav Nagy, Michal Handzus and Kyle Calder.

Calder, 28, appeared in 78 games with the Red Wings and Flyers last season and had totals of 14 goals and 21 assists.


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