Signing deadline passes for NHL picks
Tim Brent, an assistant captain with the national junior team last
Christmas, is going back into the NHL entry draft after the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks failed to sign him by Tuesday's deadline.
NHL teams had until 5 p.m. EDT to sign their 2002 draft picks or lose
their rights. Players who went unsigned will be up for grabs at the
upcoming NHL draft in Raleigh, N.C., on June 26.
Brent, a 20-year-old centre who was taken 37th overall by the Ducks,
was also captain of the Ontario Hockey League's St. Mike's Majors.
The deadline triggered a flurry of signings.
The Washington Capitals reached agreements on three-year contracts
with left-winger Tomas Fleischmann, whom they acquired in the Robert
Lang deal with Detroit, and right-winger Jonas Johansson.
Fleischmann, from the Czech Republic, had 33 goals and 42 assists for
Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League last season. Johansson, from
Sweden, spent last season with Kamloops of the WHL, scoring 18 goals
with 19 assists.
The Capitals acquired Fleischmann and a first-round selection from
Detroit for Lang. Johansson arrived with Bates Battaglia in a deal
that sent Steve Konowalchuk and a third-round draft pick to Colorado
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goaltender Todd Ford, their third-
round pick in 2002. He spilt the season between Vancouver and Prince
George of the WHL, going a combined 9-21-5.
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Michael Lambert, their fourth-
round pick in 2002, to a three-year deal. Lambert was the player of
the year for the PEI Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
after collecting 42 goals and 42 assists this season.
The Florida Panthers signed centre Rob Globke and defenceman Jeremy
Globke led Notre Dame to the NCAA tournament for the first time in
the program's 36-year history last season with a team-best 19 goals
and 40 points. He was Florida's second-round pick in the 2002 NHL
Swanson spent the last three seasons with Barrie of the OHL. He had
21 goals and 78 assists in 201 games and was an all-star last season.
He was a sixth-round pick by the Panthers in 2002.
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
and right-winger Tim Konsorada to multi-year contracts.
Tollefsen, a native of Oslo, Norway, was the club's third pick while
Konsorada was Columbus' eighth pick in 2002.