Panthers sign Nieuwendyk and Roberts
8/1/2005 3:31:15 PM
The Florida Panthers have signed unrestricted free agents Joe
Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts.
Monday is the first day teams can sign unrestricted free agents.
The childhood friends, who started their careers in Calgary in 1986-
87, were reunited with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2003-04
campaign and will now play together for a third time. Roberts had 28
goals and 48 points in 72 games while Nieuwendyk had 22 goals and 50
points in just 64 games.
In 1,030 NHL games, the 39-year-old Roberts has scored 397 goals and
805 points while amassing 2,345 penalty minutes. He was named the
winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1995-96 after returning from
Over the same span, the 38-year-old Nieuwendyk has played in 1,177
games, scoring 533 goals and 1,062 points. The Whitby, Ontario native
won the Calder Trophy with the Flames in 1987-88 and the Conn Smythe
Trophy with Dallas in 1998-99.
Both players won the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989 while
Nieuwendyk also won with the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.
Oilers trade Isbister to Bruins
8/1/2005 1:42:58 PM
EDMONTON (CP) - The Edmonton Oilers traded forward Brad Isbister to
the Boston Bruins Monday in exchange for the Bruins' fourth-round
draft pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft.
In 51 games with the Oilers during the 2003-04 season, Isbister had
10 goals, eight assists and 54 penalty minutes.
''Brad is a solid winger who brings good size to our forward lines,''
Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell said in a statement. ''We're
happy to have him on our team.''
Isbister, 28, was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with the
67th overall pick in the 1995 NHL entry draft. The 6-foot-4, 231-
pound Edmonton native split his first three pro seasons between
Phoenix and its AHL affiliate in Springfield. He spent three-plus
seasons with the New York Islanders before being dealt to the Oilers
in March, 2003.
Isbister has recorded 93 goals and 90 assists for 183 points with 517
penalty minutes in 409 career NHL regular-season games. He has one
goal and two assists for three points with 31 penalty minutes in 14
career playoff games.