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VIDEOTAPE SHOWN AS MCSORLEY TRIAL BEGINS

Marty McSorley sat expressionless as prosecutors opened his assault trial in Vancouver by showing video of him bashing Donald Brashear in the head with his stick.

McSorley, who played for the Boston Bruins last season, faces up to 1 1/2 years in prison if convicted of assault with a weapon.

McSorley, who has spent 17 years in the NHL, watched the tape stoically, jotting down notes at times.

In other NHL news:

NHL MVP Chris Pronger and the St. Louis Blues cut off negotiations on a new contract, although the team made it clear it wouldn't let him get away. Pronger, also the Norris Trophy winner last season as the league's best defenseman, is in the final year of a six-year contract and intends to become a Group II free agent next July. He's believed to be seeking a $10 million deal, matching the contracts of Anaheim's Paul Kariya and Colorado's Peter Forsberg.

Boston Bruins goaltender John Grahame is out indefinitely after breaking his ankle Saturday night, the team said. Grahame, 25, said he hurt himself when he tripped stepping off a curb. The Bruins said they won't know how long Grahame will be out until after surgery this week.

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