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LeClair rejects "tremendous offer' from Flyers

Talks between the Flyers and left wing John LeClair on a long-term contract broke down, leaving LeClair in position to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

"The Flyers did make a tremendous offer," LeClair said of a four-year deal worth at least $34-million. "It was close. But in all fairness, it was not what we're looking for, or something that I should sign. Talks are done, and it's time to move on and play hockey."

LeClair, who seeks at least $9-million a season, said he and his agent would not initiate further talks.

CANUCKS: Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the 1999 draft, play in their first preseason game today against their old club, MoDo of Ornskoldsvik, in the NHL Challenge at Stockholm, Sweden.

BLUES: Forward Michal Handzus re-signed. Terms were not disclosed. Last season he was runner-up for the Selke Trophy, given to the best defensive forward.