Senators C Alexei Yashin made it clear yesterday that unless the last year of his contract is redone, he won't be in Ottawa when training camp opens Sept. 5. "It's really tough to say, but at this point it doesn't look good," he said.

Yashin was to fly to Florida today to participate in pre-training camp workouts with about 25 other players. Yashin and his agent, Mark Gandler, were rebuffed by Senators General Manager Marshall Johnston when they brought up the subject of renegotiating Yashin's contract, which has one more year on it.

Yashin is due to make $3.6 million this season, a bargain price for the NHL's sixth-leading scorer last season with 94 points.

THRASHERS GET LAMBERT: The expansion Thrashers acquired LW Denny Lambert from the Predators in exchange for the rights to C Randy Robitaille. Lambert was second on the Predators with 218 penalty minutes last season. He scored 16 points and has appeared in 70 or more games the last three seasons. . . .

An arbitrator ruled that the Bruins will have to pay F Dmitri Khristich $2.8 million, a raise of $850,000, if they want to keep him next season. If the Bruins elect not to pay Khristich, he will become a free agent. Khristich, 30, scored 29 goals and had 41 assists last season.

LEAFS' HEDBERG RESIGNS: Anders Hedberg resigned as assistant GM of the Maple Leafs, one month after he was overlooked in favor of Coach Pat Quinn for the team's vacant GM position.