KATHY KERR DIES: The wife of Philadelphia Flyers right wing Tim Kerr died yesterday of complications from childbirth.

She died at 7:46 a.m. at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Hospital, where she gave birth Oct. 6 to a girl, Kimberly, hospital spokeswoman Laura Feragen said.

"Kimberly is fine," Feragen said.

After delivery by caesarean section, Kerr, 30, received treatment for a pelvic infection, said Lisa Chapman, another hospital spokeswoman.

"She developed a sudden cardiopulmonary complication, which resulted in her death," she added. There was no further explanation.

Team captain Ron Sutter led the Flyers in a prayer for the Kerrs yesterday afternoon before practice at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.

"It's hard to say the right words. It's very difficult for us emotionally. The guys are really quiet," Sutter said.

MCLEAN SIGNS: Goaltender Kirk McLean signed a new contract with the Vancouver Canucks Monday, ending speculation he would become a free agent.

McLean said the deal was for one year, plus an option year, and denied published reports it was worth nearly $800,000.

Terms of the contract, negotiated by Toronto-based player agent Rick Curran, were not released by the Canucks, as per team policy. McLean earned an estimated $145,000 last season.

McLean, 24, played for the Campbell Conference in the 1990 All-Star Game and saw postseason action for Team Canada in the world championships.

STEEN RE-UPS: Veteran center Thomas Steen has signed a multiyear contract with Winnipeg, the team announced. Steen, 30, is entering the option year of his current contract. It's his 10th season in the NHL after being picked 103rd overall in the 1979 draft.

Steen had 18 goals and 48 assists last season despite missing 27 games because of a back injury.