Thrashers re-sign Mellanby; free agent Savard goes to Boston

• The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed right winger Scott Mellanby for the 2006-07 season, general manager Don Waddell announced Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mellanby, 40, was named team captain last year.

''Scott is a tremendous leader who will continue to play an important role on our club next season,'' Waddell said.

Boston signed two of the top free agents on the market as it moves to revamp its entire lineup, inking 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara and center Marc Savard. Chara, the tallest player in the NHL, got a five-year deal worth $37.5 million dollars, while Savard signed a four-year deal worth $20 million.

''We were really aggressive out of the gate,'' Bruins interim general manager Jeff Gorton said. ''It made it much easier to sign Savard after Chara signed with us. He could see how serious we were about winning.''

Savard had career-high totals of 28 goals and 69 assists in 82 games for the Thrashers last season.

Stanley Cup finalists Edmonton and Carolina also made important moves on a busy day around the NHL.

The Oilers re-signed goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a three-year, $11 million and inked forward Fernando Pisani to a four-year contract worth $10 million.

The Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes signed 21-year-old center Eric Staal to a three-year, $13.5 million contract, then re-signed defenseman Mike Commodore and snagged free-agent goaltender John Grahame.

Nuggets' star gets maximum offer

• DENVER - Carmelo Anthony wasn't scared off by a front office and locker room filled with turmoil, and agreed to a maximum contract extension with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

About 12 hours after NBA free agency began, Anthony's agents and Nuggets director of player personnel Mark Warkentien worked out a five-year deal worth approximately $80 million, the same terms Cleveland star LeBron James and NBA finals MVP Dwyane Wade can sign this summer.

Sutton taken to hospital after crash

• KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kelly Sutton was taken to the hospital for observation after a fiery crash Saturday at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.

Sutton had to be extricated from her truck after it hit the backstretch wall on the 104th lap and set grass on fire as it rolled across the back infield, bringing out a red flag that lasted almost 91⁄2 minutes. She was awake and alert after being examined at the infield care center, track officials said.

Terry Cook won the race. It was Cook's first win in 94 races since August 2002.

- From wire reports