Leading scorer agrees to new deal

Originally Published: September 10, 2003
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Nashville Predators: Leading scorer David Legwand agreed to terms on a new contract Wednesday.

The Predators offered Legwand a qualifying offer in June that would have given him a 10 percent raise to about $1.2 million for next season. Terms of his new deal were not disclosed.

Veterans are scheduled to report for training camp on Thursday, with the Predators practicing for the first time on Friday.

Legwand set career highs last season with 48 points in 64 games, including 17 goals and 31 assists. He broke his collarbone on March 1 and missed the rest of the season. The Predators faltered in a bid for their first playoff berth by going 1-10-4-3 in the last 18 games.

Also Wednesday, free agents Jamie Allison and Matheiu Darche were signed to contracts.

Allison, a defenseman, had one assist and 99 penalty minutes in 48 games with Columbus last season. Darche, who played in one game for the Blue Jackets last season, led the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL in scoring with 64 points in 76 games.

Los Angeles Kings: Center Jared Aulin underwent reconstruction surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

Aulin injured his shoulder in a game on Sept. 4 during the team's rookie tournament.

He played 17 games last season, his first in the NHL, and had two goals and two assists. He began last season with Manchester of the AHL and had 12 goals and 32 assists in 42 games.

The Kings open training camp Friday.

Phoenix Coyotes: Right wing Shane Doan was named team captain, replacing the player who set records for longevity with the franchise with the most-tenured star left.

Doan, who has been with the franchise for eight seasons and 569 games, is the only player to wear the uniform of the old Winnipeg Jets, the transplanted Coyotes and the updated Coyotes look unveiled last week.

Doan, 26, is the team's 15th captain since it joined the NHL in 1979 and the third in Arizona.

Forward Keith Tkachuk got to wear the "C" before the 1996-97 season, the club's first in Phoenix, and defenseman Teppo Numminen succeeded Tkachuk the last two seasons.

Doan, Winnipeg's first-round draft pick in 1995, ranked second on the Coyotes in assists (37) and points (58) last season.

Doan, 26, found it amusing that everyone was looking to him for leadership.

"Two years ago, I felt like one of the younger guys coming into camp, and you're expecting to step up and take a bigger role every year, and this year it happened very quickly," he said.

New York Islanders: Right wing Mattias Weinhandl will be out until the middle of next month after undergoing surgery on his left ankle.

Weinhandl, a 23-year-old from Sweden, had an offseason operation to repair a dislocated tendon. He is expected to resume skating in two weeks.

Weinhandl had six goals and 17 assists in 47 games last season.

Hockey players suspected of rape released: Two Canadian hockey players held on suspicion of rape were released from jail Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden after prosecutors said they wouldn't pursue the case.

Yvon Corriveau, a former NHL player, and Brad Bergen of the German team Eisbaeren Berlin were arrested Aug. 23 on suspicion of raping a Swedish woman at a hotel in Tyringe.

A lawyer representing the players, Lars Engstrand, said the woman decided not to press charges.

"This is wonderful, fantastic, I'm very satisfied with the result. And I must say it wasn't unexpected. It's just a pity that it took so long," Engstrand said. Corriveau, 36, played 280 NHL games in parts of nine seasons with Washington, Hartford and San Jose. Bergen, 37, has played for eight teams in Europe.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.