The Lightning should improve in 2010--11. New G.M. Steve Yzerman signed star forward Martin St. Louis to a long-term extension and boosted his club's anemic scoring punch by trading for the Flyers' Simon Gagne .... Canucks defenseman Sami Salo(below) tore an Achilles tendon last week working out in his native Finland, adding to his bizarre injury history. He missed two games in 2000 after he was bitten by a snake and 23 in '06 after tearing a pectoral muscle when he collided with a teammate during an Olympic line change.... Both the Rangers and the Blackhawks could have players worth millions apiece in the minors this year. Those dollars don't count against the salary cap, and some G.M.'s and owners want a provision in the new CBA that ends such salary dumps.
DAVID E. KLUTHO (SALO)