ERIXON SIGNS: F Jan Erixon signed a contract with the Rangers that reportedly will give him a $100,000 raise. The one-year deal will pay him $325,000, according to published reports.

Erixon, 28, played in 26 of the team's first 27 games this season, accumulating four goals and 11 assists, before spraining ligaments in his right knee in a collision with the Sabres' Mike Ramsey Nov. 26. He has missed the last 12 games. He may return to action Sunday against the Devils.

MOVES: Whalers announced LW Yvon Corriveau, traded by Washington for G Mike Liut last season, has been assigned to the Springfield Indians of the AHL. In 23 games with Hartford, Corriveau recorded one goal and one assist. He had 18 minutes in penalties. . . .

The Blues recalled D Dominic Lavoie from Peoria of the International Hockey League. Lavoie, who led Peoria defensemen in scoring with nine goals and 16 assists in 29 games, will fill in for Paul Cavallini, who suffered a lacerated left index finger Saturday and will be sidelined for as long as six weeks. Cavallini lost the tip of his finger when it was hit by a slap shot from Chicago's Doug Wilson.

LOW INTEREST: Another extended tour of Soviet hockey teams in North America is unlikely for a long time. Attendance was down or disappointing for virtually all of Khimik's games on its December tour.

It can be blamed partly on the easing of tensions between the United States and Soviet Union that has resulted in a greater influx of Soviet players into the league.

Whatever, the Rangers will get a rare opportunity to watch a pair of their 1990 draft choices when they play host to the Central Red Army team in a New Year's Eve game.

General Manager Neil Smith and Coach Roger Neilson will have their eyes on defenseman Sergei Zubov (fifth round, 85th overall) and center Sergei Nemchinov (12th round, 244th).