Lafleur opts for jury

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Guy Lafleur's lawyer says the former NHL star will let a jury decide his fate on accusations he gave contradictory testimony at his son's bail hearing last year.

Lafleur turned himself in to police on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He will make his first court appearance on Feb. 7.

Jean-Pierre Rancourt said that he suggested a jury trial for the prominent Quebecer because he feels members of the public would better understand his client's reaction.

Lafleur testified in October that his son was respecting a court-ordered curfew while in his parents' custody.

But the Hall of Famer later admitted he drove his son to hotels to spend the night with his 16-year-old girlfriend.

Lafleur's son, Mark, faces more than 20 criminal charges, including sexually assaulting a minor, armed assault, uttering threats and forcible confinement.

The alleged incidents took place between 2004 and 2007.

DUMONT SIGNS EXTENSION

Forward J.P. Dumont signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Dumont, in his second season with the Predators, ranks second on the team in goals (18), assists (27) and points (45). He currently has a franchise record 16-game point streak dating to Dec. 29.

In the past seven seasons, he has 160 goals and 207 assists in 568 games with Chicago, Buffalo and Nashville.

"When he expressed a desire to stay in Nashville, we jumped at the opportunity to keep him as part of our team's foundation for the next four seasons," Predators general manager David Poile said.

OVECHKIN NAMED TOP STAR

NHL goal-scoring leader Alex Ovechkin was named January's first star by the league.

The Washington Capitals star led all scorers with 22 points (13-9) in 13 games during the month. He was also a plus-9.

Dumont was the NHL's second star of the month while Montreal Canadiens goalie Christobal Huet was named the third star.

OILERS SHIP TARNSTROM

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded left wing Curtis Glencross for veteran defenceman Dick Tarnstrom of Edmonton. Tarnstrom has appeared in 287 career NHL games, scoring 33 goals and adding 98 assists with the Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. In 29 games with Edmonton this season, the 33-year-old had a goal and four assists.


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