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Mannheim Adler sign ex-Thrasher Tremblay
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Januar 14, 2005; 01:59
Mannheim Adler sign ex-Thrasher Tremblay
Augsburg brings in AHL journeyman Rich Brennan
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Career minor leaguer Rich Brennan
Augsburg picked up Rich Brennan from Switzerland's SC Bern

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Munich, Germany - The Mannheim Adler of the German Elite League DEL announced the signing of another NHL player Thursday. Free-agent defenseman Yannick Tremblay was inked throughout the end of the 2004-05 season.

Free agent defenseman Yannick Tremblay
NHL free agent Yannick Tremblay has found a new home in Mannheim
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

The 29-year-old Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec-native spent the last five seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, who selected him in the Expansion Draft on June 25, 1999. As Tremblay is an unsigned NHL free agent, he will stay with Mannheim trough the end of the season whether or not the lockout continues.

Yannick Tremblay is expected to arrive in Germany next Monday and will likely make his first DEL appearance when the Adler Mannheim host the Kölner Haie January 21.

His mighty point shot makes Tremblay (6'2", 200lbs) an excellent contributor on the man advantage. He was bothered by injuries lately. Due to a hip injury, he missed the final 29 games of the 2003-04 NHL season. He also missed 13 games earlier that season with a bruised foot.

Tremblay, who was drafted 145th overall in the 1995 Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, recorded 122 points (37 goals, 85 assists) and 166 penalty minutes in 378 games in the National Hockey League for the Leafs and the Thrashers since 1996-97. He never appeared in an NHL playoff game. Tremblay played his junior hockey for the Beauport Harfangs of the QMJHL and also played in 87 AHL games for the Baby Leafs in St. John's between 1995 and 1997.

Augsburg signs Boston University product Rich Brennan

The Augsburger Panther Thursday announced the signing of defenseman Rich Brennan throughout the end of the season. The 32-year-old Schenectady, New York-native, who started the 2004-05 season with SC Bern of the Swiss League, is expected to make his debut tonight when Augsburg visits the DEG Metro Stars.

After a college career at Boston University, Brennan was selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the third round (46th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He only appeared in 51 career NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins between 1996 and 2003, recording 2 goals and 6 assists (33 penalty minutes).

Brennan spent most of his career in the American Hockey League (AHL), where he tallied 294 points in 480 games with the Cornwall Aces, Hershey Bears, Kentucky Thoroughblades, Hartford Wolfpack, Lowell Lock Monsters, Milwaukee Admirals, Manchester Monarchs and Providence Bruins.

NHL lockout players in Germany

Here is an overview of NHLers, who signed lockout deals in the German Elite League (DEL; see list below).

F Kent McDonell (Columbus Blue Jackets) plays for the EV Duisburg Füchse in Germany's Division-2.

Adler Mannheim: D Sven Butenschön (New York Islanders), D Yannick Tremblay (free agent/last team: Atlanta Thrashers), F Jochen Hecht (Buffalo Sabres), G Cristobal Huet (Montreal Canadiens)

Eisbären Berlin: F Eric Cole (Carolina Hurricanes)

Frankfurt Lions: D Stephane Robidas (Chicago Blackhawks)

ERC Ingolstadt: F Andy McDonald (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim), F Marco Sturm (San Jose Sharks)

Iserlohn Roosters: F Mike York (Edmonton Oilers), D John-Michael Liles (Colorado Avalanche; originally signed with the Kassel Huskies in the off-season; contract was voided after he sustained an injury in World Cup of Hockey play), F Brian Gionta (New Jersey Devils; did not play; returned home to the USA for personal reasons after four days)

Hamburg Freezers: F Jim Dowd (Montreal Canadiens; status unclear: returned home to the USA for personal reasons in December)

Hannover Scorpions: D Paul Mara (Phoenix Coyotes)

Kassel Huskies: D Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild)

Krefeld Pinguine: D Tom Preissing (San Jose Sharks)

Nürnberg Ice Tigers: D Lubomir Sekeras (Dallas Stars)
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