Washington Capitals goalie Mike Liut, a late-season acquisition from Hartford, will be around for a while. The 34-year-old veteran, who led the NHL in goals-against average and helped the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup semifinals for the first time, has signed a one-year extension to his contract.
Liut was entering his option year of a contract that paid him $455,000. General Manager David Poile gave Liut a new contract with one year (plus an option year) at the same salary.
"I didn't want to come just for a short time," said Liut, who moved his family to the area this summer. " . . . I think they need some experience for a couple of years, anyway, to let some of the younger people develop. It was just another year added on to the contract. At my age, that's what you're looking for. I had a real good year. It re-established that I could play and contribute."
Poile said there was no progress on negotiations with goalie Don Beaupre or defenseman Bill Houlder, both free agents.
Forward Robin Bawa, who began last season with the Capitals but spent most of it in Baltimore, has signed with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League after playing out his option. Poile said the Capitals will retain NHL rights to Bawa, but by signing with an independent minor league team, he will not be able to play in the NHL next season.
Canadiens: Montreal traded veteran right wing Claude Lemieux, who had not gotten along well with Coach Pat Burns, to the New Jersey Devils for left wing Sylvain Turgeon, and sent defenseman Craig Ludwig to the New York Islanders for defenseman Gerald Diduck.
The Canadiens announced signing nine players, including right wing Stephane Richer to one-year contract with an option, goalie Bryan Hayward to two years plus an option; defensemen Sylvain Lefebvre, Eric Desjardins and Lyle Odelein and forwards Stephan Lebeau, Todd Ewen, Mike Keane and Mark Pederson one-year with options.