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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 24, 2000


Canucks' Potvin signs one-year deal

BURNABY, British Columbia -- Unable to agree on a long-term contract, the Canucks signed goaltender Felix Potvin to a one-year deal Wednesday, but general manager Brian Burke is taking a tough stand in talks with three other players.

The Canucks wanted to sign Potvin, 29, to a contract that would have extended past his becoming a free agent after the 2001-02 season.

When the sides couldn't come to terms, Potvin agreed to play this season for the same $2.7-million salary he earned last year.

"We're not surprised by it but we are glad he's under contract," Burke said. "We didn't want to have a situation where our No. 1 goaltender wasn't in camp and wasn't ready to go."

Potvin came to Vancouver in a Dec. 19 trade that sent Kevin Weekes, Bill Muckalt and Dave Scatchard to the Islanders.

Potvin's agent and Burke will continue discussions for a long-term contract.

In 34 games with Vancouver he had a 12-13-7 record, 2.59 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

With the team leaving Sept. 7 for training camp in Sweden, talks have stalled with center Brendan Morrison, enforcer Donald Brashear and defenseman Brent Sopel.

Morrison, acquired from the Devils in a trade for Alexander Mogilny in March, was paid $500,000 last season.

Brashear, one of the most feared fighters in the league who also scored a career-high 11 goals last season, wants his $750,000 salary doubled.

COYOTES: Rookie centers Ryan Lauzon and Brent Gauvreau signed three-year contracts. Terms were not disclosed.

Lauzon, 19, was Phoenix's fourth-round draft pick in 1999. Gauvreau, 20, was drafted by Calgary in 1998 but could not agree to terms and was taken by the Coyotes in this summer's draft.

RED WINGS: Unrestricted free agent Boyd Devereaux signed a three-year deal.

The 22-year-old center spent the past three seasons with Edmonton. Devereaux was the sixth player taken in the 1996 draft and had 15 goals and 31 assists in 175 games with the Oilers.

SABRES: Defenseman James Patrick re-signed to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Patrick, 37, has 132 goals and 454 assists in 17 seasons.

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