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Canucks re-sign forward Warriner

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published October 4, 2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Forward Todd Warriner, acquired by the Canucks in a five-player deal with Phoenix last season, re-signed with Vancouver.

Warriner, 28, signed a qualifying offer over the summer that would have paid him $1.21-million while he was in the NHL and $35,000 (Canadian) if he was in the minors. The new deal will pay him $500,000 at both levels this season, with a team option for 2003-04 at $675,000.

"Obviously it was a huge discrepancy so I'm happy it was a one-way," Warriner said. "I feel like I've got my foot back in the door."

Warriner had two goals and four assists in 14 games with Vancouver last season, and played 30 games with the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Manitoba.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Warriner, drafted fourth overall by Quebec in 1992, has 59 goals and 138 points in 404 games. Warriner was a member of the Canadian national team that won a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Vancouver also sent goaltender Tyler Moss and defenseman-turned-wing Zenith Komarniski to Manitoba.

ALL-STAR GAME CHANGES: The All-Star Game is returning to an Eastern Conference against the Western Conference format for the first time since 1997. The past five midseason games pitted North American All-Stars against the league's World All-Stars -- inspired by the first time NHL players took part in the Winter Olympics in 1998.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 3: Alyn McCauley scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 15:10 left in the third period, to lead visiting Toronto. McCauley scored late in the first period to give Toronto its first lead, then added his second of the game 4:50 into the third to make it 4-3. Mikael Renberg scored against Jose Theodore with 3:20 left to send the Maple Leafs on to their second win in as many nights against the Canadiens. Karel Pilar and Josh Holden also scored for Toronto.

Maple Leafs center Travis Green left with a head injury in the second period after he was checked along the boards by rookie defenseman Mike Komisarek.

WILD 4, OILERS 2: First-round draft pick Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his first goal in a Minnesota uniform and the host Wild remained the only unbeaten team. Bouchard, the eighth overall selection in the 2002 draft, also had an assist as part of a three-goal rally in the opening 6:41 of the third period that gave the Wild a 4-1 lead.

Wes Walz broke a 1-1 tie with a shorthanded goal 53 seconds into the period. Bouchard followed with a goal 2:20 later, then set up Richard Park's goal at 6:41 of the third. With seven points, Bouchard leads the Wild in preseason scoring.

SABRES 4, RED WINGS 2: Adam Mair scored a tiebreaking goal with 8:15 left, to lead visiting Buffalo. Mair got his second goal of the preseason by stuffing in his own rebound. Jochen Hecht added an insurance goal for the Sabres with 2:15 remaining.

Detroit coach Dave Lewis was behind the bench after passing a kidney stone Wednesday, forcing him to miss practice.

Buffalo got the only goal of the first period when J.P. Dumont slammed a cross-crease pass into the open side of the net while the Sabres were on the power play with 2:27 left.

Miroslav Satan made it 2-0 4:40 into the second period when his intended pass from the right face-off circle got past goaltender Curtis Joseph.

The Red Wings got on the board at 7:55 of the second period when Jason Williams scored on a wrist shot from the slot. Brett Hull's goal 1:24 into the second period tied it at 2 for Detroit.

KINGS 2, COYOTES 1: Chris McAlpine scored on a power play with 10 seconds left to lead Los Angeles in the first sports event at Oklahoma City's Ford Center. McAlpine banged in a rebound on a goalmouth scramble to beat goalie Sean Burke. Jeff Taffe tied it for Phoenix with a power-play goal at 1:18 of the third period. Taffe took a cross-ice pass from Radoslav Suchy and one-timed a shot over a sprawling Felix Potvin.

AVALANCHE 4, STARS 1: Greg de Vries scored on a third-period penalty shot and Patrick Roy made 28 saves for visiting Colorado. Martin Skoula added a shorthanded goal, Milan Hejduk scored at even strength and Joe Sakic had three assists for Colorado. Radim Vrbata scored into an empty net for the Avs with 15.7 seconds left.

Niko Kapanen scored for the Stars.

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