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Sedins stay in Vancouver, Ohlund leaves and Hossa lands in ChicagoBy THE CANADIAN PRESS â€" 34 minutes agoThe Sedins stayed put in Vancouver while Marian Hossa put down roots in Chicago, signing a deal that will secure his future in the Windy City through 2021.Despite concerns about the financial landscape, NHL general managers moved quickly to bolster their lineups after the free agent window open at noon Eastern.

They opened their wallets, but were reluctant to grant long-term deals - with the noticeable exception of Hossa whose deal is reportedly worth US$62.4 million.Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin agreed to matching $30.5-million, five-year contract extensions with the Canucks, just prior to becoming unrestricted free agents."We really like it in Vancouver and that's where we wanted to stay," Henrik said Wednesday on a conference call.GM Mike Gillis has also been working on signing goalie Roberto Luongo to a contract extension that would ensure the three players remain the cornerstones of the franchise.The 28-year-old Sedins have scored 70 points or more the past four years and each had 82 points last season.

Gillis was thrilled to keep them under contract.The Blackhawks are Hossa's fourth NHL team over the past three years and might also be the last one he ever plays for, given his 12-year deal."To add Marian, an elite and world-class player, to our exciting young core reinforces our commitment to try to win the Stanley Cup," Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said in a statement.Hossa spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings, but reluctantly decided to walk away from Motown with the Wings unable to meet his salary demands."If there's no salary cap, I'm sure I would still be in Detroit," said Hossa.The 30-year-old had 40 goals and 71 points but had to watch his former Pittsburgh teammates lift the Cup.In 775 career games with Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit, Hossa has 339 goals and 719 points.The Canadiens were busy Wednesday, rebuilding a roster left full of holes by free agency.One day after trading for former Ranger Scott Gomez, GM Bob Gainey added some more offence by signing sniper Mike Cammalleri to a five-year contract.

Cammalleri, 27, was second in scoring with the Calgary Flames last season with 82 points in 81 games.The Habs also beefed up their blue-line by acquiring veteran defencemen Jaroslav Spacek (formerly of Buffalo) and Hal Gill (Pittsburgh).The Toronto Maple Leafs signed former Montreal defenceman Mike Komisarek to a $22.5-million, five-year deal.

In another move, GM Brian Burke sent defenceman Pavel Kubina and minor-leaguer Tim Stapleton to the Atlanta Thrashers for defenceman Garnet Exelby and forward Colin Stuart.The Leafs also manned up by signing six-foot-three 222-pound tough guy Colton Orr, who had one goal four assists and 193 penalty minutes last season.

Only Daniel Carcillo of the Coyotes and Flyers and Shane O'Brien of the Canucks spent more time in the penalty box.While the Canucks kept the Sedins, they lost veteran defenceman Mattias Ohlund, who left for Tampa Bay and a US$26.25-million, seven-year contract.

Ohlund spent the first 11 years of his career with the Vancouver Canucks, who drafted him 13th overall in 1994.

He has 325 points (93-232) in 770 career games.Ohlund, 32, was one of the most sought-after defencemen available through unrestricted free agency.

He joins a blue-line bolstered by the acquisition of fellow Swede Victor Hedman, who was drafted second overall last weekend."This signing accomplished two primary goals for us," GM Brian Lawton said in a statement.

"First, we have added the top-two defenceman we coveted to lead our blue-line and second, we have found a leader and a mentor for Victor Hedman as he prepares to play in the NHL this fall."On the goalie front, the New York Islanders picked up some insurance for Rick DiPietro, who is coming off back-to-back knee surgeries by signing former Oiler Dwayne Roloson to a two-year deal."He is a proven winner having led the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in 2006 and we look forward to him bringing his veteran leadership to the Islanders," Isles GM Garth Snow said of the 39-year-old goalie.The Oilers filled the void in goal by signing 36-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin to a $15-million, four-year contract on Wednesday.

Khabibulin is coming off a finer season in Chicago, where he went 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.St.

Louis secured a backup for Chris Mason by signing Ty Conklin, who played in 40 games for the Detroit Red Wings last season.Goalie Scott Clemmensen, formerly of New Jersey, landed in Florida on a three-year deal.In other moves:-The Anaheim Ducks locked up 35-year-old captain and defenceman Scott Niedermayer for another season, thanks to a $6-million, one-year deal plus bonuses.-The Washington Capitals signed right-winger Mike Knuble to a two-year deal worth US$5.6 million.

Knuble, who turns 37 on Saturday, had 27 goals and 20 assists in 82 games for Philadelphia last season.-The Carolina Hurricanes gave forward Erik Cole a $5.8-million, two-year contract.

Cole, 30, had 18 goals and 24 assists in 80 games with Edmonton and Carolina last season.-The New York Rangers filled the void left by the departure of Orr by bringing on board big Donald Brashear.

The hard-nosed forward led the Washington Capitals with 119 penalty minutes last season.

During his 989-game career with Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Washington, Brashear has collected 2,561 penalty minutes.-Nashville re-signed forward Steve Sullivan to a $7.5-million, two-year contract.-The New Jersey Devils retained defenceman Andy Greene, signing him to a $1.475-million, two-year deal.-The Florida Panthers held on to winger David Booth, signing him to a six-year contract.

The 24-year-old Booth recorded career-highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) last season, becoming just the sixth player in franchise history to score at least 30 goals in one season.Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press.

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