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Brodeur signs with St. Louis

Free agent goaltender Martin Brodeur, 42, who had spent his 21-year NHL career with New Jersey, will backstop the Blues.

MARTIN BRODEUR wanted to keep playing and the St. Louis Blues needed some help in net.

So one of the best goalies in league history will stick around for at least one more season.

The Blues signed the 42-year-old Brodeur to a 1-year contract, picking up the NHL's leader in games, wins and shutouts while Brian Elliott is out with a knee injury. Coach Ken Hitchcock has said Elliott is week to week.

Brodeur joined St. Louis late last week and participated in his first full practice on Monday. He played 21 seasons for the New Jersey Devils, leading them to three Stanley Cups, and had been looking to resume his career.

Elliott is out indefinitely and Brodeur likely will share duties with 24-year-old Jake Allen, who is likely to start tonight at Chicago. Brodeur could make his Blues debut tomorrow at Nashville.

New Jersey made Brodeur the first overall pick in the 1990 draft. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1994, appeared in 10 All-Star Games and led the NHL in wins nine times, shutouts five times and games played six times.

Overall, he's 688-394-176 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 124 shutouts. He holds most major regular-season goaltending records.


* The Los Angeles Kings were fined $100,000 by the NHL after suspended defenseman Slava Voynov participated in a team workout yesterday.

Voynov was charged with felony domestic violence 2 weeks ago. The Russian Olympian is barred from all team activities under the terms of his suspension, which began after his arrest Oct. 20.

Yet Voynov joined his teammates for their usual morning skate at the club's training complex before the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings hosted the Boston Bruins last night. Voynov participated in drills with teammate Alec Martinez for the first time since his suspension.

Voynov is allowed to use the team's workout facilities by himself while suspended, and he has skated regularly after Kings practices under the supervision of an assistant coach.

Coach Darryl Sutter was vague about the reason Voynov practiced with the Kings, calling the workout an optional skate.

* Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has suffered his third stroke since late October and was hospitalized early this week, his daughter said.

Cathy Purnell said her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. Howe was stable and "a little bit alert" yesterday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital where he taken were scheduled to do additional tests, she said.

In last night's games

* At Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his NHL-leading fifth shutout as the Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils, 1-0 . . . At Uniondale, N.Y., Thomas Hickey scored 3:06 into overtime and the Islanders defeated Ottawa, 3-2 . . . At Raleigh, N.C., Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over Nashville, snapping the Predators' four-game winning streak . . . At Washington, Daniel Sedin scored two of Vancouver's three power-play goals and assisted on the other in a 4-3 win over the Capitals . . . At Detroit, the Florida Panthers ended the Red Wings' four-game win streak with a 4-3 victory . . . At Buffalo, Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis scored shootout goals, and the Sabres won their third in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning . . . At Toronto, Joffrey Lupul scored twice and the Maple Leafs kept rolling by beating the Dallas Stars, 5-3.