Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

Coffey retires after 21 NHL seasons

TORONTO -- Paul Coffey retired Wednesday, ending a 21-year NHL career in which the star defenseman won four Stanley Cups.

The 40-year-old Coffey was a 14-time All-Star who won three Norris trophies as the NHL's best defenseman.

With 1,531 points, he is second only to Ray Bourque in career scoring by a defenseman and is the leading career playoff scorer among blueliners with 196 points in 194 games.

''I was able to play on championship teams both in the NHL and at the international level alongside so many players, and I will remember these experiences forever,'' Coffey said.

He won Stanley Cups at Edmonton in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and then in 1991 with Pittsburgh. He also won three Canada Cups.

He joined the league with Edmonton in 1980. In addition to Pittsburgh, he played for Los Angeles, Detroit, Hartford, Philadelphia, Chicago, Carolina and Boston.

He was waived by the Bruins last season after 18 games.

''He's one of those to me, along with Bobby Orr, that really changed the game of hockey for defensemen -- the way he could skate, the way he could control a game from back there, jump into the play,'' Carolina Hurricanes captain Ron Francis said. ''He really was a dynamic force.''

Brodeur signs $40 million contract extension

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur, the goalie who led the New Jersey Devils to two Stanley Cups since 1995 and got them within a game of a third last year, signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension.

Under the deal signed Tuesday night, Brodeur will earn $8 million annually in each of the next four seasons starting in 2002-03. The Devils have the option on the fifth year, which would be the 2006-07 season.

The entire extension is guaranteed, said Brodeur's attorney, Susan Ciallella, in a telephone interview.

While the extension does not include a signing bonus, it does have incentives that could push Brodeur's salary to $8.9 million in any season.

Guillen out for AL division series

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners shortstop Carlos Guillen, quarantined in a hospital for treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, will miss the opening round of the AL playoffs.

Doctors placed a small artificial clot in one of Guillen's lungs Tuesday to stop minor bleeding, team officials said from Anaheim, Calif., where the Mariners are playing the Angels.

The bleeding was caused by a persistent cough that often accompanies tuberculosis, team physician Dr. Mitch Storey said Wednesday.

Storey said Guillen will miss the first round of the AL division series next week, probably against Cleveland. Teams are allowed to change their rosters after each round of the playoffs, so Guillen could be added later.

Storey said Guillen asked that he not disclose details of his condition.

''He wants everyone to know he is doing fine, and is looking forward to getting back to the ballpark,'' Storey said.

Guillen's agent, Peter Greenberg in New York, said he spoke with Guillen on Wednesday. Greenberg expects Guillen will remain in the hospital for a couple of days.

''I know he's disappointed,'' Greenberg said. ''Nobody wants this to happen to them. Carlos has been playing (despite) not feeling so good for awhile. It's been such a great season for him personally and for the team. That's got to add to the weight on his mind. The important thing is for him to get better, to get healthy.''

The 26-year-old Guillen was diagnosed with the contagious disease Friday and entered the hospital. He is receiving antibiotics.

Guillen's teammates, manager Lou Piniella and the coaching staff will be tested for TB Thursday at Safeco Field.

''I don't think there's much to worry about,'' Piniella said Wednesday from Anaheim. ''But it's something that needs to be done. The chances are very remote that somebody else has been afflicted.''

Teammates said Guillen had been ill, but he hadn't complained to Piniella or coaches. Guillen did miss several games because of nose bleeds. He is expected to be given antibiotics for six to nine months.

''We were all stunned more than anything because we didn't know what was going on with Carlos and we don't know how he's going to come out of this,'' left fielder Stan Javier said Wednesday. ''At first, I was more concerned about Carlos than myself. And then when you start thinking about it you probably get a little bit worried.''

Guillen, Alex Rodriguez's replacement, made only 10 errors in 140 games and was batting .259 with five homers and 53 RBIs.

Without Guillen, the Mariners plan to rely on utility man Mark McLemore and rookie Ramon Vazquez at shortstop. Vazquez was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Sept. 7. He started Wednesday night.

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