The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Mathieu Dandenault, who has spent his nine-year NHL career with the team, to a one-year contract. Dandenault, 28, has 48 goals and 101 assists in 616 career games.
The Red Wings didn't disclose financial terms of the contract. The Detroit News reported the agreement is worth $1.6 million, which means the defenseman could become an unrestricted free agent next summer as a 10-year veteran making less than the NHL's average salary, which was $1.8 million last season. . . .
The Atlanta Thrashers agreed to contract terms with restricted free agent forward Patrik Stefan, the only remaining player from the Thrashers' inaugural season in 1999-2000. He is the team's career leader in assists (104) and games (350), and ranks fourth in goals (49). Last season, he had 14 goals and 26 assists. . . .
The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed center Kevyn Adams to a one-year contract. . . . Left wing Taylor Pyatt was among four players who re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres. Pyatt and defensemen Jeff Jillson and Henrik Tallinder accepted one-year qualifying offers, while defenseman Brian Campbell agreed to a one-year deal. . . . Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Miami Heat gave Shaquille O'Neal some front-court help by re-signing free agent forward Rasual Butler, who averaged 6.8 points and 1.4 rebounds last season. He also led the team in three-point shooting (.463).