Keith Tkachuk

, the savvy forward who helped lead the St. Louis Blues to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, will be back for another year. No terms were disclosed.

Tkachuk, 37, is a five-time All-Star who has spent eight of his 17 NHL seasons with the Blues, though he was traded to Atlanta for 18 games at the end of the 2006-07 season before re-signing with St. Louis.

In 2008-09, he had 25 goals, 24 assists. He has 525 goals and 508 assists for his career.

Tkachuk has scored 20 goals or more in 15 of his 17 seasons. Last season, the Melrose, Mass., native became just the seventh U.S.-born player to reach 1,000 career points, and just the fourth player with 1,000 points and 2,000 penalty minutes for his career. He led the NHL with 52 goals in 1996-97, the first American-born player to do so.

In other hockey news:

* Center Steven Reinprecht signed a 3-year contract with the Panthers after the Coyotes traded his rights to Florida for left wing Stefan Meyer. The Coyotes also re-signed left wing Petr Prucha to a 2-year contract.

* The Avalanche hired former players Steve Konowalchuk and Adam Deadmarsh as assistant coaches.

Auto Racing

* Richard Childress Racing said its organization is among the NASCAR teams that will receive less funding from General Motors because of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, joining Tony Stewart's race team and Hendrick Motorsports as big-name teams affected by the economy.

* Brian Vickers won his second consecutive pole with a lap of 93.678 mph on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., which will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup tomorrow.

* NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield will have a hearing July 1 in federal court in Charlotte over whether his indefinite drug suspension should be lifted. Mayfield has been suspended since May 9 for failing a random drug test, reportedly for methamphetimines.

Philly File

* Saint Joseph's athletic director Don DiJulia was named the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the National Association of College Directors of Athletics convention in Orlando, Fla.

* Germantown Academy product Fran Crippen and Emily Brunemann will represent the United States in the 5- and 10-kilometer open water swimming events at the world championships in Rome next month. Andrew Gemmell, of Wilmington, Del., will compete in the 5k and 10k.

Sport Stops

* The inaugural Caribbean Games in Trinidad were canceled because of concerns about the risk of spreading swine flu.

* Jean Pascal handed Adrian Diaconu his first loss and claimed the WBC light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision in Montreal.

* Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen plans to take Tour de France organizers to court for refusing to let him compete because of a second positive test for cocaine in less than year. *