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Hatcher returns home to Wings

The Red Wings already had the Norris Trophy winner. On Thursday, they added another top defenseman.

The Red Wings pried Derian Hatcher away from the rival Dallas Stars, adding him to a defensive corps that already features Norris Trophy winners Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios.

The Red Wings signed the unrestricted free agent to a five-year, $30-million contract. The deal doesn't contain a no-trade clause.

Hatcher, a native of the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, has played in 827 regular-season and 100 playoff games in his 12-year career, all with the Stars. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder had 30 points (eight goals and 22 assists).

Avs get aggressive

Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne used free agency to team up again in Colorado in a quest to win the Stanley Cup, and the former Anaheim teammates took major pay cuts to do so.

Kariya, who played with the Mighty Ducks last season, agreed to a $1.2-million contract with the Avs, the Associated Press reported. He earned $10-million in his final season with Anaheim.

Selanne, who declined his option at $6.5-million with San Jose, agreed to a $5.8-million contract.

Kariya, a left wing, is a seven-time All-Star who played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season. He also scored 25 goals and had 56 points. Selanne, a right wing, had 28 goals and 64 points last season and was named the Sharks' MVP.

SABRES: The team acquired center Chris Drury in a four-player, three-team trade involving Calgary and Colorado.

The Sabres traded defenseman Rhett Warrener and center Steve Reinprecht, acquired earlier in the day from Colorado, to Calgary. Buffalo also acquired center Steve Begin from Calgary.

In the deal for Reinprecht, the Sabres traded defenseman Keith Ballard, their first-round pick in 2002, to the Avs.

Drury is the key to the deal for the Sabres as he is projected to be their top center. He had 23 goals and 53 points in 80 games for the Flames last season.

BLUE JACKETS: The team signed unrestricted free-agent forwards Todd Marchant and Trevor Letowski to multiyear contracts.

STARS: With Hatcher gone to Detroit, the team named Mike Modano captain. Modano is the franchise leader in every meaningful statistical category and an obvious replacement.

CAPITALS: The team signed Petr Sykora, a forward from the Czech Republic, to a one-year contract with an option for a second year.

Washington also signed prospect Boyd Gordon.

CANUCKS: The team re-signed free-agent forward Jarkko Ruutu.

PANTHERS: Free-agent defenseman Kristian Kudroc and goalie Chris Mason signed one-year deals.

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