The Philadelphia Flyers made salary cap room for Peter Forsberg by trading Jeremy Roenick to the Los Angeles Kings yesterday.
Los Angeles also received a 2006 third-round draft pick the Flyers acquired from Nashville. Philadelphia will get future considerations from the Kings and space under the $39 million cap to clear the way for Forsberg.
"Once we signed Forsberg, we knew we had to make a trade," Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke said.
Roenick was an obvious choice because he will earn $4.94 million this season. The 35-year-old center waived his no-trade clause to return to go west.
Roenick had 67 goals and 106 assists in three seasons with Philadelphia. He has 475 goals and 1,120 points in 1,124 regular season games over 16 seasons with Chicago, Phoenix and the Flyers.
After signing defensemen Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Chris Therien to free agent contracts on Tuesday, Clarke said he was done dealing for the summer.
But Clarke couldn't resist going after Forsberg. A former NHL most valuable player who was originally drafted by the Flyers, Forsberg agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million contract Wednesday night.
* MIGHTY DUCKS: Scott Niedermayer has left New Jersey to play with his brother in Anaheim.
Niedermayer, the NHL's top defenseman in the 2003-04 season, agreed to a four-year, $27-million deal that will make him a teammate of his brother, Rob.
Rob Niedermayer, who was a restricted free agent, also agreed to a four-year deal with Anaheim yesterday that will pay him $8 million.
* RED WINGS: Detroit re-signed 43-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year contract.
The Red Wings also re-signed defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a two-year deal, and gave a one-year, entry-level contract to forward Johan Franzen.
* SABRES: Defenseman Teppo Numminen agreed to a one-year contract with Buffalo. The deal is expected to be worth a little more than $1 million, the amount Dallas had offered to re-sign him.
Left wing Taylor Pyatt re-signed with the Sabres, accepting a one-year $990,000 qualifying offer.
* BLACKHAWKS: Chicago signed veteran right winger Martin Lapointe and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.
Lapointe signed a three-year, $7.2 million contract, and Spacek signed a one-year contract worth $2.25 million.