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LUDWIG TO RETIRE AFTER 17 NHL YEARS

Dallas Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig retired after 17 National Hockey League seasons and will remain with the team as a scout, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Ludwig, 38, became an unrestricted free agent after the season, in which he helped the Stars to their first Stanley Cup. He wasn't offered a contract by the team, the paper said.

A shot-blocking specialist, he totaled 38 goals, 184 assists and 1,437 penalty minutes in 1,256 games with the Canadiens, Islanders, North Stars and Stars.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed three players, including veteran wing Tom Chorske. The 32-year-old Chorske played for the New York Islanders, Washington and Calgary last season and appeared in 26 games. Also signed were forwards Greg Crozier and Dyland Gyori.

Restricted free-agent defenseman Aki Berg is returning to the Los Angeles Kings, having agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the NHL team. Berg played in his native Finland last year.

A bankcuptcy court today approved the purchase of the Pittsburgh Penguins by Mario Lemieux.

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