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NHL Offseason Winners & Losers: Western Conference

A look at the moves around the NHL's Western Conference this offseason, including the best and the worst from free agency, the draft and the trade market.

Hurricanes Sign Center Stephane Yelle

A nice move by Jim Rutherford, as Yelle is a valuable, experienced centerman. Here's the release: ‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH STEPHANE YELLE Veteran center entering 14th NHL season RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Stephane Yelle (STEH-fahn YEHL) on a one-year, $550,000 contract. "Stephane is a proven winner," said Rutherford. "He adds depth and experience to the Hurricanes at the center position, and he will contribute to the penalty kill." Yelle, 35, is entering his 14th NHL season, and the Hurricanes will be his fourth NHL team. In 2008-09, he scored seven goals, earned 11 assists (18 points), posted a plus-6 plus/minus rating and had a 52.0 percent faceoff-win percentage in 77 regular-season games with Boston. He played in all 11 of the Bruins’ postseason games, earning one assist and averaging 12:29 of ice time. The Ottawa, Ont., native has scored 92 goals, earned 165 assists (257 points) and accumulated 458 penalty minutes in 921 career NHL regular-season games with Colorado, Calgary and Boston. Yelle (6’2", 182 lbs.) was originally drafted by New Jersey in the eighth round, 186th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

NHL Offseason Winners & Losers: Eastern Conference

A look at the offseason free agency, trade and draft moves of the teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

One More to go - Who does Rutherford want?

The Carolina Hurricanes want to add one more player, but who could it be?

Anymore Moves Ahead for Carolina?

More moves ahead for the Carolina Hurricanes?

Rutherford's Moves Give Canes A Shot In 2009-10 — And Beyond

A look at Carolina GM Jim Rutherford's offseason moves and how it sets the team up for success in 2009-10 and beyond.

Jim Rutherford Flexes Muscles Once Again

Jim Rutherford has strengthened the Carolina Hurricanes from top to bottom, and did it while keeping the budget.

Curious Move: Chiarelli And The Bruins Sign Derek Morris For One Year, $3.3 Million

A day after sending Aaron Ward to Carolina for what amounted to a little bit of cap room, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli signed free agent defenseman Derek Morris for a one-year, $3.3 million contract. Is Morris an upgrade over Ward? That's debatable. Morris definitely has more offensive capabilities, but we're not exactly talking about an elite point-producer here: he had a combined 20 points last season with the Rangers and Coyotes, and scored 25 points each of the previous two seasons. But Ward's biggest value, in the opinion of many, is that he's a winner, a prototype "glue guy." He's good in the locker room and will do whatever is asked of him. That's not meant as a knock at Morris — who will be 31 season's start, five and a half years younger than Ward — but it seems the Bruins have moved a piece that fit and replaced it with one that is not only an unknown, but at a significantly greater cost, especially when you factor in Patrick Eaves' buyout.

Time is Short for Possible Kaberle Buy Out

The Carolina Hurricanes are considering buying out the contract of Frantisek Kaberle. Should they do it?

Nothing New Regarding Ruutu Negotiations

No update on contract negotiations between Tuomo Ruutu and the Carolina Hurricanes.

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