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Quebec loses Foote for season

Defenseman Adam Foote is lost to the Quebec Nordiques for the rest of the season after surgery on a herniated disc.

The back operation was performed Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Wadkins, a specialist who also has treated Mario Lemieux of the Penguins, St. Louis defenseman Phil Housley and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

"Adam will need four weeks of rest before be begins physiotherapy," said Pierre Page, the Nordiques' coach and general manager.

Foote, 22, who has been sidelined since mid-January, had two goals and six assists in 45 games this season.

Snider officially

leaves Flyers post

PHILADELPHIA _ Jay Snider has formally resigned as president of the Philadelphia Flyers, increasing speculation that Florida Panthers general manager Bob Clarke could return to the club.

Snider, 36, the son of Flyers majority owner Ed Snider, had relinquished most duties with the team in September to concentrate on business ventures in Asia.

Snider, who had been Flyers president for 11 years, will remain a limited partner.

Clarke, who played his entire 15-year career with the Flyers, was Philadelphia general manager for six years before Jay Snider fired him in April 1990. Clarke spent two years as general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, rejoined the Flyers as a senior vice president on June 10, 1992, and took the Florida job last year.

Osgood top rookie

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was selected rookie of the month.

Osgood had a 7-1 record and 2.30 goals-against average in February and led the Red Wings into first place in the Western Conference.