The Buffalo Sabres acquired defenseman Toni Lydman from the Calgary Flames yesterday in exchange for a third-round pick in next year's draft. A native of Finland, Lydman had four goals and 16 assists in 67 games in 2003-04, but missed 10 games and part of the playoffs after sustaining a concussion. Two goals and 12 assists came on the power play. . . .
The Atlanta Thrashers acquired defenseman Mark Popovic from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in exchange for forward Kip Brennan. . . .
An arbitrator granted Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo a one-year, $3.2 million contract. Luongo, who has expressed frustration over being taken to arbitration, rejected a five-year, $25 million deal before Wednesday's hearing with arbitrator Vernon Gill. . . .
Goaltender Jimmy Howard signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings after starring in college at Maine. . . .
Veteran center Rod Brind'Amour was given the coveted "C" for his sweater, becoming the fourth player to serve as Carolina Hurricanes captain since the franchise moved to North Carolina in 1997.
The Phoenix Suns completed a deal to acquire restricted free agent James Jones from the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers will get a second-round pick in the 2008 season in exchange for the swingman.