Guerin Signs With Stars

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The Dallas Stars on signed free-agent right wing Bill Guerin to a five-year deal reportedly worth $45 million.

"Bill Guerin provides the organization with size and speed on the wing which is something we felt we needed," said Stars general manager Doug Armstrong. "We look forward to his contributions on the ice and off the ice in a leadership role over the next five years."

CuJo To Red Wings
The Red Wings didn't wait long to fill the hole left by Dominik Hasek, who retired last week after leading Detroit to its third Cup in six seasons.

Detroit signed free agent goalie Curtis Joseph, who was with the Toronto Maple Leafs, to a $24 million, three-year contract.

"I'm excited about the Red Wings' organization. Obviously we all saw what transpired not too long ago," Joseph said. "Everybody knows Detroit's a great team, they're used to winning, and the future is now."

Rangers Sign Holik, Kasparaitis
The New York Rangers lured center Bobby Holik away from New Jersey and signed him to a $45 million, five-year deal.

"I always knew it was a possibility this could happen, so I always knew what I wanted," Holik said. "The only ones (offers) I gave any serious thought to were from the Rangers. My mind was somewhat made up about what I want to get out of being an unrestricted free agent."

The Rangers also inked hard-hitting defenseman Darius Kasparaitis to a six-year deal worth a reported $25.5 million.

Leafs Get Belfour
Left without a top goalie after losing CuJo, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed ex-Dallas goalie Ed Belfour to a two-year, $13.5-million contract.

"As a young Canadian boy, it's always a dream to play for your country, to play for a team from Canada," said the 37-year-old Belfour, a native of Carman, Manitoba.

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