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Coyotes keep Mara in pack

Phoenix Coyotes: The team signed Paul Mara to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration
with its top-scoring defenseman.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mara, who turns 26 in September, led the Coyotes in average ice
time at more than 23 1/2 minutes per game and posted six goals
and 36 assists. He tied for sixth in the NHL in both assists
and power play assists (22) among defensemen.

The Coyotes acquired Mara along with three other players in the
deal which sent goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to the Tampa Bay
Lightning in March 2001.

The seventh overall pick in the 1997 draft, Mara has collected
37 goals and 94 assists in 346 career games with the Lightning
and Coyotes.

New York Rangers: Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather announced the signing of forward Jarkko Immonen to a contract.

"Jarkko is a talented playmaker who strengthens our club at the center-ice position," stated Rangers head coach Tom Renney. "He is an intelligent player who sees the ice extremely well."

Immonen, 23, played in 54 games with JYP Jyvaskyla of the SM Liiga (Finland) last season leading his team in all major scoring categories, getting 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. His 47 points tied for sixth in the SM Liiga, while his 28 assists tied for third in the league.

The 5-11, 180-pound forward was originally the Toronto Maple Leafs' eighth round choice, 254th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers acquired him on March 3, 2004, along with Maxim Kondratiev a 2004 first-round draft choice (later traded to Calgary) and a 2005 second-round draft choice (Michael Sauer), in exchange for Brian Leetch and a 2004 fourth round-draft choice (Roman Kukumberg).

Philadelphia Flyers: Goalie Jamie Storr and forwards Eric
Chouinard, Pat Kavanagh and Ryan Ready agreed to one-year contracts
with the Flyers.
The 29-year-old Storr was 14-27-3 record with a 2.95
goals-against average in 46 games for the AHL's Springfield Falcons
and Utah Grizzlies during the 2003-04 season. In 10 NHL seasons
with Los Angeles and Carolina, the 6-foot-2 goaltender has a
85-86-23 record and 2.54 GAA in 219 regular- season games.
In three NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Montreal and Minnesota,
Chouinard has 11 goals and 11 assists in 89 games.
Kavanagh, the Flyers' second-round pick in the 1997 draft, had
14 goals and 17 assists for the AHL's Birmingham Senators in
2004-05. In three NHL seasons with Vancouver, had two goals in six
games.
Ready had seven goals and 18 assists in 72 games with the
Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate, during the
2004-05 season.

Ottawa Senators: The Senators signed Boston College right wing Patrick Eaves, their top 2003 draft choice, to a
three-year contract.

Eaves, 21, scored a team-leading 48 points in 36
games at Boston College. He was named Hockey East Player of the Year
and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

Eaves, the son of former NHL forward and current Wisconsin coach
Mike Eaves, had 47 goals and 60 assists in 84 games over three
seasons with Boston College. He also helped the United States
to the gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships with a goal and five assists in six games while playing
under his father, who coached the team in Helsinki.

Columbus Blue Jackets:
Center Mark Hartigan was re-signed to a two-year contract and have center Peter Sarno signed a one-year deal and defenseman Mark Flood signed a three-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced.

Hartigan and Sarno each signed two-way National Hockey League-American Hockey League deals, while Flood inked a standard entry level contract. As is club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks
acquired defenseman Steve McCarthy from the Chicago Blackhawks on
Monday for a third-round pick in the 2007 draft.
The 24-year-old McCarthy had a goal and three assists in 25
games for Chicago during the 2003-04 season. A former first-round
pick _ 23rd overall in 1999, the 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman has
three goals and 16 points in 134 NHL games in four seasons.
Vancouver also signed 29-year-old free agent defenseman Sven
Butenschon.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has played 132 NHL games in seven
seasons with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and the New York Islanders. He
has two goals and 12 assists.

Florida Panthers: The Panthers re-signed center Serge
Payer and announced a one-year affiliation deal with the
ECHL's Florida Everblades.
Payer, coming off a hip injury, played three games for San
Antonio in the American Hockey League last season. He has five
goals and two assists in 48 NHL games for Florida and Ottawa.
Also, the Panthers announced the deal with the Fort Myers-based
Everblades.
"We now have a quality affiliate to send our younger prospects
that is located just 90 minutes away, giving our hockey operations
staff the chance to frequently watch these players develop,"
Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said.

Chcago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks added to their future, signing Cam Barker, the third player taken overall in the 2004 NHL draft..

Barker, a 19-year-old defenseman, has spent the past four seasons
with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League. In 188 games
with the Tigers, he has 46 goals, 115
assists and 283 penalty minutes. He had 15 goals and 33 assists in 52 games last season.

Barker was a member of Canada's
gold medal-winning team at the World Junior Championships this year. He had one assist in three games before sitting the remainder of the tournament with mononucleosis.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.