Thrashers add Blackhawks assistant

 John Torchetti has left the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to serve as associate coach under Atlanta Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay.


The 45-year-old Torchetti has been an assistant with Tampa Bay, Florida, Los Angeles and Chicago. He was an interim head coach with Florida and Los Angeles.

This will be the fourth city in which Torchetti has worked with new Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley.

CAPITALS: Right wing Eric Fehr signed a $4.4 million, two-year contract to stay with Washington.

The 24-year-old Fehr set career highs with 21 goals and 18 assists last season for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals, despite averaging a little more than 12 minutes of ice time. He also scored three goals in the playoffs. Washington lost to Montreal in the first round.

Fehr was a first-round draft choice in 2003, and has 36 goals and 37 assists in 178 games with the Capitals.

SABRES: Buffalo re-signed veteran free agent goalie Patrick Lalime to a one-year contract.

The 36-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Sabres as Ryan Miller 's backup. He went 4-8-2 for the Sabres last season, posting a 2.81 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

Over 12 seasons, he is 200-169-48 with a 2.57 GAA, and he became the 66th goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career wins last season in a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in March.

In 1996-97, Lalime set a league record for the longest unbeaten streak by a rookie goalie to start a career by going 14-0-2.

MAPLE LEAFS: Toronto signed unrestricted free-agent defenseman Brett Lebda to a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., had one goal and seven assists in 63 games with Detroit last season.

Lebda, a 5-foot-9, 195-pounder, has career totals of 18 goals, 50 assists and 201 penalty minutes in 326 regular season games.

He had 10 assists and 40 penalty minutes in 62 career playoff games, and was on the Red Wings' Stanley Cup championship team in 2007-08.



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