Flames lock in Leopold, Langkow

The Calgary Flames kept inking keynote players to affordable contracts Thursday, namely defenceman Jordan Leopold and forward Daymond Langkow.

They also traded forward Chris Clark to the Washington Captials for a conditional draft pick.

Leopold, 25, reportedly re-signed for two years and $2.3 million US.

"We have the youngest defence in the NHL from top to bottom," Flames general manager and head coach Darryl Sutter stated. "So when you look at Rhett (Warrener) being our oldest at 29, and (Dion) Phaneuf our youngest at 20, Jordan's right in the middle of that group and we felt that's where he should fit in pay-wise, too."

Details of Langkow's multi-year pact were not disclosed.

"We felt it was important to sign Daymond to a long-term deal," Sutter said. "He is a big part of the nucleus of our team and fits in our team's identity.

"He's a great two-way player capable of playing both ends of the ice, and brings leadership, character and grit to our team."

Jarome Iginla signed a three-year deal worth $21 million US on Wednesday and free-agent forwards Tony Amonte (two years, $3.7 million US) and Darren McCarty (two years, $1.6 million US) came aboard two days earlier as Calgary's roster keeps improving.

Still to be brought back are restricted free agents Miikka Kiprusoff and Steven Reinprecht.

Leopold has played 140 games for the Flames, posting 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points since winning the 2002 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in the U.S. collegiate hockey.

"If he performs and plays as well as we expect him to and as well as he expects to, then he's in a really good position going forward and so are we," Sutter said.

Langkow has yet to play for Calgary, having been acquired last Aug. 26 from the Phoenix Coyotes in a trade for Denis Gauthier and Oleg Saprykin.

A veteran of 11 NHL seasons, the 28-year-old has totalled 136 goals and 354 points in 625 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Coyotes.

"He's a durable guy who you'll see play almost every single game," Sutter said. "So that's a perfect fit for us."

"The key is he fits in salary wise and he answers the questions that have to be answered to have a players here - No. 1, does he really want to play here? No. 2, can we afford him? And No. 3, does he fit in long term? And with him, it's pretty easy to answer 'yes' to all three."

In other NHL movement Thursday:

  • The Anaheim Mighty Ducks inked Scott Niedermayer, the finest defenceman on the open market, to a four-year contract worth $27 million US.

  • The Boston Bruins grabbed centre Alexei Zhamnov for $12.3 million US over three years.

  • The Buffalo Sabres signed defenceman Teppo Numminen to a one-year contract worth $2 million US.

  • The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky (three-years, $7.5 million US) as well as forwards Keith Aucoin and David Gove.

  • The Chicago Blackhawks reached contract terms with forward Martin Lapointe (three years, $7.2 million US) and defenceman Jaroslav Spacek (one year, $2.25 million US).

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets locked in goaltender Martin Prusek for 2005-06.

  • The Colorado Avalanche brought back forward Alex Tanguay and defenceman Kurt Sauer.

  • The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defencemen Chris Chelios and forward Johan Franzen.

  • The Minnesota Wild signed defencemen Scott Ferguson and Kurtis Foster.

  • The Nashville Predators secured the services of defencemen Mark Eaton and Sheldon Brookbank.

  • The New Jersey Devils signed three defencemen: Brian Rafalski (two years, $8.4 million US); Vladimir Malakhov (two years, $7.2 million US); and Dan McGillis (two years, $4.4 million US).

  • The New York Rangers added defenceman Ville Nieminen and forward Jason Ward (two years, $1.275 million US).

  • The Philadelphia Flyers traded forward Jeremy Roenick and a third-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations.

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Andre Roy for three years at $3 million US.

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed forward Tie Domi to a two-year, $2.5 million US contract.

    with files from CP Online