Blues sign former Flame

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The St. Louis Blues added depth to their forward line on Tuesday, signing free agent left wing Dean McAmmond.

The Blues also re-signed defenseman Bryce Salvador and announced that forwards Eric Boguniecki and Colin Hemingway had accepted qualifying offers.

After trading captain Chris Pronger to the Edmonton Oilers last week, general manager Larry Pleau said he had room in the budget to add a forward.

McAmmond, 32, had 17 goals and 13 assists in 2003-04 for the Calgary Flames, helping them advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

In 12 seasons, he has 327 points on 135 goals and 192 assists, along with 354 penalty minutes in 645 career games.

“Dean is a player who immediately adds speed and quickness to our roster, and that was a top priority for us,” Pleau said. “We also believe that he can contribute goal-scoring ability and instill veteran experience to our lineup through the strong success he has enjoyed over his NHL career.”

Last season, McAmmond skated for the Albany River Rats of the AHL and led the team in scoring with 61 points, including 19 goals, in 79 games.

The 5-11, 195-pound McAmmond was a first-round pick and the 22nd overall selection of the 1991 Entry draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Salvador, 29, a stay-at-home defenseman, has played his entire NHL career with the Blues. In 281 regular-season games over four seasons he has 40 points and 289 penalty minutes.

“We’re pleased to say that Bryce’s career as a member of the St. Louis Blues will continue for several more years,” Pleau said. “He has been a steady performer on the ice and his leadership will be key to our success moving forward.

“In addition, his community involvement and strong character have made him an excellent representative of this organization.”

Salvador, who is 6-2 and 214 pounds, had a career best plus-minus rating of plus-7 in 2002-03.

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