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The Washington Capitals have claimed veteran forward Marco Sturm off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) (Elsa/2007 Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals have claimed veteran forward Marco Sturm off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) (Elsa/2007 Getty Images)

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The Vancouver Canucks have signed free-agent forwards Marco Sturm and Mark Mancari.

Sturm, 32, signed a one-year deal worth $2.25-million (all currencies U.S.) after splitting last season between the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings. A veteran of 890 NHL games, Sturm joins Mikael Samuelsson, Mason Raymond and Chris Higgins in a group of wingers that will vie for time beside Ryan Kesler on Vancouver's second line.

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Sturm was placed on waivers by the Kings last year, and claimed by the Capitals, and played in just 35 games, registering 16 points. He also missed time with a right knee injury, after being traded to Los Angeles from the Boston Bruins in December.

Mancari, a six-foot-four, 225-lb. forward, has played 36 games over four NHL seasons, including 20 last season when he scored one goal and added seven assists. He signed a one-year deal worth $525,000.

Vancouver lost third-line winger Raffi Torres to the Phoenix Coyotes Friday in the first day of NHL free agency. The Canucks also re-signed defenceman Sami Salo and winger Chris Higgins hours before they hit the open market. Salo signed for one year at $2 million. Higgins remained with team on a two-year pact worth $1.9 million annually.



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