Reliant Stadium game canceled

Associated PressJuly 7, 2011 

An NHL exhibition between the Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars scheduled to be played in Reliant Stadium on Sept. 23 has been canceled.

Stars spokesman Rob Scichili says the game was called off because of the cost of putting ice in the stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans. Scichili says the game will not be rescheduled.

Ramon Alvarez, a spokesman for Fox Sports Southwest, said the network is trying to "extend the Stars' fan base into Houston," since more of their games will be televised in the market in the near future. A new regional sports network will begin airing Houston Rockets games in 2012 and Astros games in 2013, freeing air time for more Stars game on the current Fox Sports station in the city.

Trenton Devils to fold: The Trenton Devils will cease operations.

The New Jersey Devils said Wednesday that they are restructuring their player development system and that ceasing to operate the Trenton, N.J., team will bring it more in line with other NHL franchises.

Last season, the New Jersey Devils were the only NHL team to completely own an East Coast Hockey League team. The Devils primary minor league team is the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

Caps sign Brouwer: Troy Brouwer, 25, has signed a two-year, $4.7 million contract with the Washington Capitals less than two weeks after the right wing was acquired in a trade just before the NHL draft.

Washington sent the No. 26 overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brouwer, who was a restricted free agent.

Blues sign Langenbrunner, Arnott: The St. Louis Blues signed veteran forwards Jamie Langenbrunner, 35, and Jason Arnott, 36, to one-year deals on Wednesday.

Each deal is worth $2.5 million, plus $300,000 in bonuses.

Wild signs Gillies: The Minnesota Wild signed left wing Colton Gillies, 22, to a two-year contract, a deal that should help cement his status with the team heading into training camp.

Ex-NHLer Barnaby sentenced: ESPN analyst and former NHL forward Matthew Barnaby was ordered Wednesday to complete 500 hours of community service to have charges dropped stemming from an argument he had with his estranged wife in May.

Barnaby, 38, was accused of causing an estimated $300 in damage by kicking the garage door May 13 in an attempt to enter the suburban Buffalo, N.Y., home where his wife and two children live, Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita's office said. He had pleaded not guilty to five charges.

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