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HockeyNHL wins battle with Yashin; he owes...


NHL wins battle with Yashin; he owes Ottawa another year

The NHL said it has won its case against Ottawa Senators holdout center Alexei Yashin, a decision that means he owes the team another year of service.

The league, which confirmed the decision yesterday, would not release any other details of the case, except to say the decision was rendered by arbitrator Lawrence Holden of Boston.

The high-scoring Yashin played four seasons of his five-year contract with the Senators before sitting out the 1999-2000 season. He contended he would become a restricted free agent July 1 because the terms of his deal concluded June 30.

The NHL claimed the contract,...