Pens sign LeClair

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Mario Lemieux continues to surround himself and Sidney Crosby with some big names at the expense of state rival Philadelphia.

Left wing John LeClair, bought out by the Flyers last month, joined Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday. The Pens have already been sitting on former Flyer Mark Recchi for the lockout year.

Since 1995-96, LeClair has scored 308 goals for an average of 34.2 goals a season, tying for sixth in the NHL with Pens' right winger Zigmund Palffy.

The 36-year-old LeClair and fellow forward Tony Amonte were bought out by the Flyers for two-thirds of their 2005-06 contracts.

OLYMPIANS IN T.O.

The Olympic hockey experience is coming to Toronto, but only very briefly.

The Sun has learned Team Canada 2006 intends to hold a pair of practices in Toronto just prior to departing for Turin and the Winter Olympics.

Because the NHL has a light schedule on Feb. 12, the last day of action before the Olympic break, most of Team Canada will be able to get to Toronto that day.

The team will practice at an Olympic-sized rink near the airport, then have another practice on the evening of the 13th.

After their practice on the 13th, the players will head to the airport for the flight to Italy.

MAYDAY

Sportsnet reports that a fans e-mail response to Brad May's signing with the Colorado Avalanche did not go down well in Denver.

A principal in the Todd Bertuzzi attack on Steve Moore from 2004, May is among those Vancouver Canucks' personnel named in Moore's civil suit.

With permission of the Avs, Denver newspaper columnist Dave Krieger posted the e-mail address of Jean Martineau, the Avs' senior vice-president for communication, inviting fans to send their feelings on May.

Martineau received 344 messages in less than 48 hours, with only three supporting May.

Some threatened to cancel their Avs' tickets and one asked May to beat up Bertuzzi. The remainder used various adjectives to describe the feeling of watching a player who publicly placed a bounty on Moore.

BRIEFLY

The Montreal Canadiens signed captain Saku Koivu to a $3.42-million US, one-year deal ... St. Louis Blues defenceman Eric Brewer accepted his qualifying offer ... The Predators agreed to terms with veteran centre David Legwand on a one-year contract ... The Chicago Blackhawks bolstered their coaching staff with an Olympic speed-skating champion. American Dan Jansen, who won the 1,000-metre event at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, has been appointed skating coach.

-- With files from Al Strachan/CP


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