Flames keep Simon, add Ritchie

Calgary Flames: The Flames re-signed left wing
Chris Simon and free-agent forward Byron Ritchie on Friday.

Simon had 17 goals and 14 assists and was second in the NHL with
250 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Rangers and Flames last
season, coming to Calgary near the trade deadline.

Ritchie, who signed a three-year, $1.6 million deal, had five
goals and six assists in 50 games with the Panthers last season. He
became unrestricted after Florida didn't tender him a qualifying

Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks signed free agents Curtis Brown and Matthew Barnaby on Friday.

Brown split last season between Buffalo and San Jose. The center
has appeared in 554 regular-season games, scoring 111 goals and
adding 145 assists.

Barnaby, a right winger, played for the New York Rangers and the
Colorado Avalanche last season. He's appeared in 713 regular-season
NHL games, scoring 104 goals and adding 161 assists.

Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche signed free agents center Ian Laperriere and left wing Antti Laaksonen to multi-year contracts

Laperriere played the last eight seasons in Los Angeles. He
totaled 10 goals and 22 assists in 62 games last season.

Laaksonen spent the past four seasons with the Minnesota Wild. He had 12 goals and 14 assists last season.