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Published Jul. 24, 2007


Chris Simon got a second chance from the New York Islanders.

The rugged forward, still serving a record 25-game suspension for a two-handed, stick-swinging attack against the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg last season, re-signed with the Islanders on Monday.

Simon agreed to a one-year deal worth $475,000 but will be forced to sit out the first five games for the vicious hit. He can earn another $325,000 in bonuses based on games played.

Simon missed the final 15 regular-season games in the Islanders' late push to the playoffs and the entire five-game loss to Buffalo in the first-round postseason series. Had New York advanced further, Simon could've completed his suspension in the playoffs. But because he hadn't missed a total of 25 games, the remaining five carry over to this season.

The ban was the longest in terms of games missed in league history.

BRUINS: The team obtained center Carl Soderberg from the St. Louis Blues for goalie Hannu Toivonen. Soderberg played the past two seasons with Malmo IF of the Swedish Elite League. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Soderberg was Sweden's second-highest scorer during the World Junior Championships in 2005.


Flyers sign goalie Boucher to minor-league deal

The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a deal with the minor-league Phantoms of the AHL. He helped lead the Flyers to the 2000 Eastern Conference finals during a three-season stint with Philadelphia.

WILD: The team avoided arbitration with defenseman Nick Schultz, signing him to a one-year deal.


SOCCER: David Beckham missed another training session with the Los Angeles Galaxy because of a left ankle injury that left him doubtful for the team's opening game tonight in the SuperLiga tournament. ... Angela Hucles, Natasha Kai and Marian Dalmy were the final players selected for the U.S. women's roster for this year's World Cup. ... Fredrik Ljungberg joined West Ham from its London rival Arsenal for a fee that may rise to $6.2-million.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic won in the first round of the Croatia Open ATP tournament, beating Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-4 in Umag, Croatia. Nikolay Davydenko was upset by Gilles Simon, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Montana lineman J.D. Quinn, who transferred from Oklahoma after being kicked off the team, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Missoula, Mont.

PAN AMERICAN GAMES: The U.S. Under-20 women's soccer team beat Canada 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will meet Brazil for the gold. ... The U.S. men routed Puerto Rico 21-3 in water polo to reach the semifinals.