The Washington Capitals signed center Jakub Klepis to a three-year contract, General Manager George McPhee announced. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Klepis, 20, was acquired by the Capitals on March 9 in a trade with Buffalo for right wing Mike Grier. The 6-foot, 205-pound Prague native spent the 2003-04 season with HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Republic Extra league and represented his country at the World Junior Championship for the second consecutive year.

He was selected 16th overall by Ottawa in the 2002 Entry Draft. . . .

Unrestricted free agent center Craig Conroy, who helped the Calgary Flames reach the Stanley Cup finals this spring, agreed to a four-year, $12.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Conroy, 32, appeared in 26 playoff games for the Flames after eight goals and a team-leading 39 assists in the regular season. He has 118 goals and 222 assists in 609 regular season games with Montreal, St. Louis and Calgary. . . .

The Phoenix Coyotes sent defenseman Radoslav Suchy and a sixth-round pick in next year's amateur draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft.

Suchy has 12 goals and 63 points in 372 career games. He appeared in 82 games for Phoenix last season, setting career highs with seven goals and 14 assists.

The Coyotes also signed free agent defenseman Sean O'Donnell to a three-year, $6 million contract. O'Donnell had one goal and 10 assists last season while playing every game for the Boston Bruins.


J.R. Smith, the 18th overall pick in last month's NBA draft, signed with the New Orleans Hornets. Terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-6 Smith averaged 23.9 points as a senior at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. . . .

Guard Eddie Gill was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Nets.