Left wing gets one-year Lightning deal

Tampa Bay Lightning: Left wing Ruslan Fedotenko was awarded a one-year, $1.5 million contract in arbitration.

Fedotenko, a star in Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship run, was awarded the deal Wednesday following a hearing a day earlier.

The contract basically split the difference between the sides.
Fedotenko had been seeking a $1.775 million deal while the
Lightning were looking for a deal worth $1.15. He earned $950,000
last season.

After an inconsistent regular season, Fedotenko tied for the
team lead with 12 goals in 22 playoff games.

Tampa Bay has three remaining arbitration hearings: Monday with Cory Sarich, Tuesday with Fredrik Modin and Aug. 15 with Cory Stillman.

Atlanta Thrashers: The Thrashers signed restricted free agent Garnet Exelby, keeping one of their top defensemen from last season.

The 22-year-old Exelby had one goal, nine assists and 134
penalty minutes in 71 games last season. He led all NHL rookies
with an average of 28.4 shifts a game, including a career-best 42
against the Hurricanes on March 15.

St. Louis Blues: Center Petr Cajanek re-signed after a season in which he had career highs of 12 goals and 70 games.

"Petr has been a responsible two-way player and was valuable to us last season in even-strength situations and on the penalty
kill," general manager Larry Pleau said.

Cajanek, the Blues' eighth-round selection in the 2001 entry
draft, will represent the Czech Republic at this month's World Cup
of Hockey.

Calgary Flames: Forward Jason Wiemer returned after splitting last season with the Islanders and the Wild.

Wiemer, an unrestricted free agent, adds muscle to the team
following the loss of Krzysztof Oliwa, who signed with New Jersey.
Wiemer earned $1.62 million last season.

"Jason is a good signing for us as he fits the identity we have
created for our hockey club in Calgary," general manager Darryl
Sutter said Thursday. "At 28 years old he is in the right age
group of our building process."

Wiemer, 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, had eight goals, 14 assists and 130 penalty minutes last year. He also has played for Tampa Bay and Florida.

He was drafted eighth overall in 1994 by the Lightning.

Carolina Hurricanes: Center Matt Cullen signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes after spending last season with the Panthers.

Cullen, a free agent, did not receive an offer from the Panthers in July.

"Matt is a big centerman who will add a scoring and playmaking element to our forward lines," Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Cullen played in 56 games with Florida in 2003-04, scoring six goals and adding 13 assists.

He had hernia surgery following the first three regular-season
games and missed 23 consecutive games in October and November.
Cullen had seven points in his first 11 games after returning from
the injury Dec. 3. He played in 53 of Florida's final 56 games.

San Jose Sharks: Right wing Nils Ekman was awarded a $1.2 million contract for next season by an arbitrator.

Ekman was the Sharks' second-leading scorer last season with 55 points in his first campaign with San Jose. He slumped in the
playoffs, getting just three assists in 16 games as the Sharks
advanced to the Western Conference finals.

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov's arbitration hearing is scheduled for
Aug. 13. The rest of the Sharks' arbitration-eligible players have
reached deals.