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Kings: League vice president Brian Burke ruled that winger John Druce was not responsible for the broken left leg suffered by Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Tinordi in Wednesday's game at the Forum.

Tinordi suffered a broken femur at 2:11 of the third period and was to have surgery to have a rod inserted to stabilize the leg. He will need three to six months of rehabilitation.

Tinordi caught his left skate blade in the ice, twisted his leg and crashed into the boards as he was being chased by Druce, who was attempting to negate an icing.

Maple Leafs: General manager Cliff Fletcher planned to meet this weekend with club officials considering whether to sign Canadian Olympic hockey team member Petr Nedved.

The 22-year-old center has refused to sign a deal with his team, the Vancouver Canucks.

"He's a player who is available to everybody," Fletcher said. "We have to internally assess our options."

Nedved scored the tying goal in Friday's 5-3 win over Finland at the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

The Leafs have decided to back off from making a trade with Vancouver for Nedved and are interested in signing him as a free agent instead, Fletcher said.

Nedved is a Group 1 free agent. Any team that signs him would have to compensate Vancouver.

_ TIMES WIRES

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