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SENATORS OWNER SEEKING DAMAGES FROM YASHIN

Ottawa Senators owner Rod Bryden wants Alexei Yashin to pay the team $930,000 for sitting out last season.

The Senators have asked Bill Daly, the NHL's executive vice president and chief legal officer, to proceed with a lawsuit seeking damages from Yashin, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said Friday.

Bryden told the Ottawa Sun that he wants to continue with the unprecedented suit because Yashin's absence from the lineup cost the club a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Even though Buffalo eliminated the Senators in the first round the previous year -- when the team had Yashin in the lineup -- Bryden believes not having the former All-Star cost the club financially.

Bryden was originally seeking $7 million from Yashin, but he dropped the figure when arbitrator Lawrence Holden ruled the club's leading scorer in 1998-99 owed the team another year.

Yashin, 26, agreed to honor the final year of his deal this month after an Ontario court judge ruled he couldn't become a restricted free agent until he completed the contract.

Shields back with Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Goalie Steve Shields signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Shields, the former Buffalo Sabre who got mixed reviews in his first season as the Sharks' starting goalie, was a restricted free agent. His deal contains a club option for a second year based on team performance, San Jose General Manager Dean Lombardi said.

Blake resigns as Kings captain

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Star defenseman Rob Blake resigned as captain of the Los Angeles Kings after negotiations for a contract extension broke down.

He is signed through the end of this season. Blake reportedly had been offered a three-year, $22.5 million extension. He rejected the deal and was surprised when the Kings ended negotiations.

He now faces the possibility that he might be traded since he can leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Pens' prospect must register

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A Pittsburgh Penguins prospect who was convicted of rape in Massachusetts must register as a sex offender if he works in Pennsylvania.

Billy Tibbetts pleaded guilty in 1994 to raping a 15-year-old girl at a party in Scituate, Mass. He was 17 at the time and received a suspended sentence of three to five years, with four years' probation.

Pennsylvania law requires Tibbetts to register as a sex offender each year for the next 10 years if he works in the state, Vicki Wilken, board of probation and parole communications director, told the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre.

As part of the "community notification" requirement, Pennsylvania State Police also will alert local police that a "child rapist" is residing in their area, Wilken said.

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